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The Artful Parent Interviews SouleMama

Amanda Soule

For you, dear readers (and, I have to say, for myself, too), I interviewed Amanda Blake Soule, author of the soon-to-come-out book, The Creative Family: How to Encourage Imagination and Nurture Family Connections. Many of you know her as SouleMama.

(Note: readers have a chance to win a copy of Amanda’s bookat the end of the interview.)

JEAN: Hi Amanda, Thanks so much for agreeing to an interview on The Artful Parent. As you know, I just finished reading an advance copy of your wonderful book, The Creative Family: How to Encourage Imagination and Nurture Family Connections

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I can’t tell you how inspiring I found the book! I started making a list of all the projects I wanted to try and all the activities and traditions I wanted to start doing in my own family, and realized I was writing EVERYTHING down. So I know that I’ll be refering back to your book again and again!Although I want to ask you about everything, this blog is mostly about art and children, so I’ll try to keep my questions focused on those subjects.So, first of all, can you tell us a little about your Family Drawing Time and how you fit that into your life?

AMANDA: Sure! Family Drawing Time is a frequent occurence during the winter months in particular. It’s a designated time for quiet drawing. I lay a few books of inspiration (nature field guides are always a favorite) in the center of the table, and sometimes a bowl of bits of nature (pinecones, acorns, leaves, etc). Everyone brings their special drawing book and chosen pencils and we have a session of drawing together. Everyone is working on his or her own separate project, but we’re gathered together. There is a lot more information in the book about how to make Family Drawing Time a success. The key, of course, is to keep it loose and flexible, and if it isn’t working, try something different. I would never want ‘art’ to be something forced for my little ones. It’s purely about fun, and trying to create in a different environment than the wild, messy, and totally ‘free’ creating that takes place the rest of the time.

house drawing

JEAN: In your book you talk about how you turn your dining room into your art space. Will you describe your art space for us?

AMANDA: Well, it’s more that it doubles as our art space. Like most families, I’m sure, our dining room table is where much more than eating happens – it’s also where many of our art and craft projects take place throughout our day. We have an art cabinet in this room – which is really just an old pantry with lots of shelves and doors. A hutch or credenza would work well too. The doors are essential – so when they’re open, we have full view and access to all the materials we need, but when they’re closed – it doesn’t feel like we’re eating in an art studio. Inside the shelves are lots of tins and canisters containing all of our materials, with a sticker label on each telling us what’s inside. Though I hope that someday soon we’ll have a separate space for art as a family, I do love that right now all of the ‘creating’ that we do together happens in the same space where we gather and nourish our bodies with food as well. So much ‘living’ happens in that room – it feels like the very pulse of our home.

JEAN: What are some of your family’s favorite art activities?

AMANDA: Our favorite activities are probably those that are inspired by nature. So much of our inspiration and fodder for creativity seems to come from the natural world.

nature art

So, for example, we go for a walk in the woods nearly every day. Or we visit a beach or a favorite trail. Upon returning home, some form or art or another usually happens. Be it drawing, painting, crafting, collaging, bookmaking or clay. The actual medium changes often. But the constant is the shared experience of nature, followed by the translation into ‘art’ or ‘creative play’ in all it’s different forms – different from child to child and different from day to day.

JEAN: How about favorite art materials?

AMANDA: Colored pencils and paper are probably the most commonly used in the day-to-day. I love the Lyra Ferby pencils for little hands, and then the regular size Lyra colored pencils once they reach four or five years old. We also do a lot of really simple book making (I’ve written about that here if your readers are interested), so books are a commonly reached for material.

Making Books 1

And then there’s string, tape and cardboard – the three things I can never seem to keep enough of around. And then there are the tools – good scissors, of course, and staplers and pencil sharpeners. I haven’t met a child who doesn’t love a stapler and an electric pencil sharpener!

JEAN: I think many of us are interested in finding inexpensive art materials and in recycling/repurposing art materials. Can you talk about finding art materials at thrift stores and other places on the cheap?

AMANDA: I don’t think children need a huge supply of art materials at the ready all the time. Keep it simple, stick to the basics, and get quality materials for the things you choose to buy. Their imaginations need room and freedom to create – not a whole plethora of materials that can be overwhelming and challenging to use. Given the opportunity and sometimes a little guidance, they’ll find everyday materials to use in their creations. I cannot count the number of times my children head to the recycling bin looking for ‘something’, and return with a cereal box that becomes a barn; or an egg crate that becomes a plane. Keep your eye out for things you might otherwise throw away from your own projects as well – fabric scraps, yarn, paper – all of these in the right moment of a project can be useful. And while thrifting, I often pick up paper of all kinds – notebooks, stationary, folders etc.

toddler with markers

JEAN: I loved your Art Night idea, especially mixing kids and adults and having an “anything goes” attitude. Any advice on having an Art Night for the first time?

AMANDA: Oh, Art Nights can be so much fun. Gathering together with many ages to just ‘create’ – with no expectation of the results. It always results in a wonderful time – and some really good art too! There are some ideas on getting started in the book, but I will add that the most important thing is to just keep it simple, especially as you’re starting out. Try it with just one other family, and slowly grow from there. And keep in mind the participants ages when setting up your Art Night – sometimes with the littlest ones among us, Art “Night” might be better suited for an “Art Morning” to avoid the challenging hours of dinner and bedtime.

Toddler Painting

JEAN: What are a few of your favorite books on kids’ art and creativity?

AMANDA: I have a lot of vintage and thrifted activity books from the 50’s and 60’s that we browse through for projects – I like them for the simplicity and use of materials that are often found at home. As for contemporary books, my favorites would be:

The Childrens Year: Seasonal Crafts and Clothes

all year round All Year Round

Earthways Earthways: Simple Environmental Activities for Young Children

am girls handbook The American Girls Handy Book

am boys handbook The American Boys Handy Book

martha stewart kids I love my Martha Stewart Kids magazine back issues (out of print now, but many of the projects are available on the website www.marthastewart.com)

i love dirt And I can’t wait for I Love Dirt which will be released this spring, and includes 52 nature-inspired activities for families.

JEAN: How do you find the time to keep your blog updated, write books, do all the arts and crafts that you do, AND raise three children? I’m struggling with one kid, a blog, and a few articles!

AMANDA: There are so many ‘mundane’ moments in daily life when our bodies are busy, but our minds are not – washing dishes, doing laundry, cleaning, pushing the stroller, and on and on. Much of my writing is done in this time. I roll ideas and sentences around in my head and hope desperately that I’ll remember them later when I have a quiet moment to write them down. (I do carry a notebook with me everywhere – which is really helpful). All of that said, it’s definitely a little bit of a juggle, and I must admit to looking forward to a little break after this manuscript is done. Writing two books back to back was so rewarding, but not without it’s challenges!

JEAN: Is there anything else that you’d like to share with Artful Parent readers?

AMANDA: I think just as important as the making of art with children, is the second part of what we DO with the art of our children. The way we handle the results of our children’s creativity tells them so very much about what we value – how important it is to us, and how important they are to us. Display your childrens art, turn it into new creations (the book has some ideas on doing this), and talk about their art. Together with providing the materials and creating with them, they’ll be encouraged to develop their creative selves for years and years.

JEAN: Can you tell us what the new book you’re working on is about?

AMANDA: Sure! It’s full of sewing and craft projects for all aspects of the family home – both for parents to make with and for their children and themselves. There are elements of repurposing, community and history, and it’s full of lots and lots of photographs. I’m just wrapping up the manuscript now, and the book will be published in 2009.

JEAN: Thank you so much, Amanda, for sharing your creativity, insight, and warm family with us, through your interview, your book, and your SouleMama blog. You’re an inspiration to us all!

All photos are from SouleMama. Thank you, Amanda, for letting me use them.

creative family

If you would like to win a copy of Amanda’s book, The Creative Family, post a comment before Tuesday, February 12th, midnight, Eastern Standard Time. Winner will be chosen in a random drawing and notified via e-mail. The book will be officially released on April 1st, and the winner will receive the book at that time, or possibly shortly before, directly from the publisher.

Giveaway now closed.

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747 Comments

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    Jennifer
    February 7, 2008 at 10:56 am

    Thank you so much for reviewing this book! I can’t wait to look for it and pick up ideas for projects to do with my two art-crazed girls (3 and 6 yrs). I agree that Lyra pencils are fabulous–we always stock up when we’re in Germany–and that an electric pencil sharpener is the bees knees!

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    Allison
    February 7, 2008 at 10:58 am

    Thanks for the great interview! I am looking forward to this book and I love reading Amanda’s blog (and yours, as well!). Thanks for all the inspiring ideas! :)

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    Kate C.
    February 7, 2008 at 11:10 am

    Thanks for the interview! I’m looking forward to checking it out

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    Amy
    February 7, 2008 at 11:11 am

    Yes, thanks so much. I can’t wait to get my hands on this book.

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    Joyce
    February 7, 2008 at 12:00 pm

    Thanks for the interview. I’ve been looking forward to the book after reading soulemama blog for awhile.

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    Corina S
    February 7, 2008 at 12:02 pm

    What a great book! I would love a copy for our family. Thank you for the opportunity to win!

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    Bree
    February 7, 2008 at 12:10 pm

    Wow, I’d love a chance to win this book!

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    Maureen
    February 7, 2008 at 12:21 pm

    This looks like a very special book and something I could use (I’m lacking in the creativity department and definitely need to boost up that side of my parenting).

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    Danielle S
    February 7, 2008 at 12:21 pm

    Sounds fantastic! Enter me please!
    dansan826 at yahoo.com

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    Tonya
    February 7, 2008 at 12:32 pm

    This sounds great. We are always looking for new ways to inspire imaginative play around our home.

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    Cheri
    February 7, 2008 at 12:35 pm

    i would love to have a more creative family:)

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    Peter
    February 7, 2008 at 12:37 pm

    I think my daughter would appreciate this, especially if we can get some hints on how to encourage her to take some pride in her drawings. I also appreciated the links. I had not heard of some of those books before and have added them to my wish list for the future.

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    Inna
    February 7, 2008 at 12:39 pm

    Thank you for the interview! Very inspiring.

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    Naomi
    February 7, 2008 at 12:41 pm

    Thanks for the inspiration- when Roo wakes up from her nap, I think we’ll have some family drawing time!

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    Julie M
    February 7, 2008 at 12:55 pm

    Wow this looks like a great book! You have great ideas!

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    Mary
    February 7, 2008 at 1:04 pm

    Thanks for the entry!

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    Amy Webb
    February 7, 2008 at 1:10 pm

    Amanda Soule is one of my favorite bloggers. I’d love to win a copy of her book!

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    123pizza
    February 7, 2008 at 1:13 pm

    This book looks awesome.

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    artsweet
    February 7, 2008 at 1:28 pm

    What a neat book! Thanks for the giveaway.

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    tammy b
    February 7, 2008 at 1:33 pm

    wow, that looks fantastic! it would be a great addition to our household! i am glad i came across your blog the other day!

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    Mena
    February 7, 2008 at 1:38 pm

    Simple and important fun! That’s what I love! Thanks for the contest and interview! Just great!

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    melissa s.
    February 7, 2008 at 1:41 pm

    Thanks for highlighting one of my favorite and most inspiring moms in the blogsphere. I’m counting the days until Amanda’s book release (and would be ECSTATIC to win a copy!!)

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    Laurie
    February 7, 2008 at 1:45 pm

    what a great book idea. i’m going to have to look for this in april for sure!!

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    Jenna
    February 7, 2008 at 1:50 pm

    Yes! This is just the kind of book I’ve been wanting. It sounds great.

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    Julie
    February 7, 2008 at 2:04 pm

    count on us for coveting the book!

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    Lesha
    February 7, 2008 at 2:27 pm

    Wonderful interview! :)

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    Stephanie
    February 7, 2008 at 2:39 pm

    It looks like an inspiring book and the author is so pretty. When I first saw her photo, I thought she might be a teenager! But she really has three kids! Wow!

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    Cindi Hoppes
    February 7, 2008 at 2:54 pm

    Hello, What an interesting interview! The book sound so inspirational and fun!
    Please enter me in this drawing…..Cindi

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    lace
    February 7, 2008 at 2:57 pm

    this looks like a wonderful book to have on hand. I would love to read this to bring more creativity to my house.

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    meg
    February 7, 2008 at 3:09 pm

    I have this book on my Amazon wish list already….I’d love to win it! It looks positively wonderful. I’ve been reading her blog for a while and getting mucho inspiration for my family. ( [email protected] )

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    Jenny
    February 7, 2008 at 3:16 pm

    I would love this book. My husband and I have been married for about 1 1/2 years and have a 3 month old. This book would be perfect for starting traditions and fun ideas for our little family to do together.

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    angie g.
    February 7, 2008 at 4:06 pm

    the book looks great – please count me in!

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    Camille Wilson
    February 7, 2008 at 11:07 am

    I’m inspired already!
    Camille

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    molly
    February 7, 2008 at 4:15 pm

    Love her blog and will love this book too, I’m sure. Thanks for doing this interview!

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    Priscilla
    February 7, 2008 at 4:20 pm

    Great interview…your site is quickly becoming one of my favorites.

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    Dawn Alice Rogers
    February 7, 2008 at 4:22 pm

    Great interview. I would love to win this book, it looks fabulous!

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    Melissa
    February 7, 2008 at 4:26 pm

    This book sounds like a must for any family of preschoolers!

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    Patti
    February 7, 2008 at 4:30 pm

    Looks like another fabulous read. Thanks for profiling these!

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    Susan
    February 7, 2008 at 4:49 pm

    This looks like a great book. Thanks.

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    Heather R.
    February 7, 2008 at 4:58 pm

    My mom gave me Sark’s, A Creative Companion for Christmas on year when I was younger…she was an artist and was attempting to get me to “loosen up a bit” and unleash my inner creativity…which I have but often the perfectionist in me gets in the way. This book would help me try to do the same for my LO that my mom wanted for me. Thanks for such an awesome giveway.

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    Jennifer
    February 7, 2008 at 5:05 pm

    I’ve been reading SouleMama for a while now, and I really want to read her book!

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    Rachel
    February 7, 2008 at 5:15 pm

    what a treat jean, thx for the interview!

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    jessica
    February 7, 2008 at 5:18 pm

    what a great way to liven up family time!

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    Samantha
    February 7, 2008 at 5:21 pm

    That looks like a really neat book. Great to find out about it!

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    Erin
    February 7, 2008 at 5:28 pm

    Great ideas – thanks!

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    April
    February 7, 2008 at 5:41 pm

    I need the inspiration, what a great book!

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    threesneakybugs
    February 7, 2008 at 5:42 pm

    Thank you.

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    Jill H.
    February 7, 2008 at 5:57 pm

    Darn! Another book for the “must buy ASAP list…that is if I’ve not lucky enough to win it! (here’s hoping!)

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    hil72
    February 7, 2008 at 7:17 pm

    I love her blog and look forward to the book!

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    Heather
    February 7, 2008 at 7:21 pm

    What wonderful ideas! Thanks for the wonderful contest!

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    Dawn
    February 7, 2008 at 7:29 pm

    It looks like a great book. I would love it.

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    Becky
    February 7, 2008 at 8:52 pm

    I read her blog and would love to win a copy of her book!

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    catmom
    February 7, 2008 at 9:06 pm

    Sounds great!

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    amy
    February 7, 2008 at 9:10 pm

    I love family time. Can’t wait until this book is available!

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    Katie
    February 7, 2008 at 4:45 pm

    Sounds like a really great book!

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    Sarah
    February 7, 2008 at 10:57 pm

    Amazing person that Soulemama. She is such a huge source of inspiration for me in the home and in the classroom! I cannot wait to pick up a copy of her book but I would love to win one!

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    Megan
    February 7, 2008 at 6:50 pm

    How fun!! hope I can win

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    Jennie S.
    February 8, 2008 at 1:52 am

    What a lovely, thoughtful interview w/one of my absolute favorite people!
    And ooh, here’s to ALL OF US, fingers crossed, on winning the book!

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    Meg
    February 8, 2008 at 1:55 am

    Thanks for the interview! Though my daughter is only 9 months, we are constantly looking for ways to be creative with her! Thanks for the inspiration!

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    Suzanna Dutton
    February 8, 2008 at 1:57 am

    Great interview and I’m looking forward to reading more of your blog after the children are busy for the day! Please enter me in your drawing!!

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    Karen
    February 8, 2008 at 2:00 am

    We just started using art to help my 4-year-old process his feelings whenever he is angry. After a few weeks of heading to the easel instead of time outs, we’ve got an impressive gallery of art…and a much more peaceful home! Looking forward to reading more about how to incorporate art into our home!

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    Elaine Simpson
    February 8, 2008 at 2:16 am

    Wow, now I’m look forward even more to the book coming out, it sounds sooo interesting and already the interview has given me ideas so imagine what the book will do. I have been reading Amanda’s blog for over a year now and it is so inspirational and already I have included some of her ideas into our family life. Being in the UK I’m not sure when the book will be released over here, but is available for pre-order on Amazon UK so it has been sitting on my wish list since Amanda mentioned it on her blog. Thanks for the interview it was a joy to read!!

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    Christine
    February 8, 2008 at 2:22 am

    Totally inspiring! Can’t wait to get the book that comes out on my bday!!! Yay!

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    Tammie
    February 8, 2008 at 2:22 am

    Great interview. Amazing woman.
    I have put a purchase request in at our library for this book.
    Pleas count me in on the contest. I would love to own a personal copy!
    ~Tammie

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    Monica
    February 8, 2008 at 2:26 am

    What a great blog you have! I am trying to find more ways to incorporate creative expression into my daughter’s daily life (and mine) and Soulemama’s book sounds perfect!

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    Lisa
    February 8, 2008 at 2:27 am

    Thank you for the interview. I read Amanda’s blog for inspiration with my daughter. She (Amanda) amazes me with her talent everyday. Thanks for 2 great blogs.

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    Diana
    February 8, 2008 at 2:30 am

    I’ve been following the soulemama blog for a while and I am very keen on getting my hands on her book. In Italy (where I now live) it doesn’t seem all that important of creating with kids, or getting back to basics. Which is why I am all the more excited about doing some of her art ideas (and hopefully some of my own) with my own child. Thanks!!

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    Jennie
    February 8, 2008 at 2:31 am

    Yeah! I’ve been curious about this book – looks like a lot of fun! Please enter me in the drawing!

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    Qalballah
    February 8, 2008 at 2:33 am

    ME ME ME ME ME ME PICK ME ME ME ME

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    Sebrina
    February 8, 2008 at 2:34 am

    I cannot wait for this book!!!!!!! I love Amanda’s blog. She inspires me everyday!

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    kate
    February 8, 2008 at 2:36 am

    our family is quite excited about this book. thanks for the interview!

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    Ashley Poe
    February 8, 2008 at 2:38 am

    So excited for this book to come out!

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    Deb
    February 8, 2008 at 2:38 am

    I always find myself nodding when reading Amanda’s words, and her photographs give such a sense of emotion in layers. I am eagerly looking forward to her book release just days before my birthday…what could be a better gift?

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    Ami
    February 8, 2008 at 2:43 am

    Thank you for reviewing this book! I enjoy reading Soulemama daily and this book looks wonderful!

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    Momma Roar
    February 8, 2008 at 2:47 am

    Thank you for doing the book review. I’ve had my eye on this book for some time. My word for 2008 is *inspire* and Amanda’s blog has done so much of that for me already – I would love to have a copy of this book!
    Thank you,
    Leigh Ann

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    prairiepoppins
    February 8, 2008 at 2:48 am

    The more I read about this book, the more I realize what a perfect match it will be for us. I can’t wait for it to land on our doorstep someday soon.
    Thanks for having her elaborate on the idea of family art time. We haven’t done that in our house in about a year, not as a whole family, and it would be perfect for combating the late-winter blues…

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    Gretchen
    February 8, 2008 at 2:49 am

    What a great interview! As an avid reader of Soulemama and a family who lives outside whenever possible I am looking forward to Amanda’s book! Thank you for the post.

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    mikemegan
    February 8, 2008 at 2:50 am

    I love Amanda’s blog. It has inspired me to get more creative with my own boys.

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    kara
    February 8, 2008 at 2:52 am

    This makes me so anxious to read this entire book!! I’m really looking forward to it! Any thing that brings creativity into the home is high on my priority list! Thanks.

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    Laurel Sauls
    February 8, 2008 at 2:52 am

    I would love to win this book. I am so inspired by Soulemama…her pictures of her home and family life encourage me to enjoy small moments with my children, and helped me make the decision to homeschool. I can’t wait to read her blog!

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    Lucia
    February 8, 2008 at 2:53 am

    Wonderful interview with one of my favorite bloggers! I am always inspired by my visits to SouleMama and can’t wait to get my hands on the new book (winning a copy would be even more exciting:) I am also happy to discover this fabulous blog. I just scrolled down and saw your interview with Susan Striker…her book is a staple in our house and one that I frequently give as a gift to new parents and teachers. Can’t wait to explore your blog a little more for inspiration. Thank you!

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    Michelle
    February 8, 2008 at 2:53 am

    Love the idea of family art time! We already do something similar, but usually it’s my husband and son who inspire each other although not in any regular or organized way. For some reason I’ve never thought about getting myself and my daughter involved at the same time although we both dearly love to draw and paint. What a wonderful idea, Amanda! Your ideas are simple but they feel very intuitive and authentic. You never cease to amaze me.

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    Jaime
    February 8, 2008 at 3:01 am

    Thanks for doing this interview! As someone who is going to be a mother for the first time this summer, I’m very excited to begin creative rituals with my own child. (I may need to wait a little bit, though. At least until he/she can sit upright!) Amanda Soule is a very strong inspiration to me.

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    Marissa
    February 8, 2008 at 3:01 am

    What a great interview! Can’t wait till we can read the book!

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    Glaucia Burgi
    February 8, 2008 at 3:05 am

    Im looking forward to this book. Im a everyday reader of Amanda’s blog and Im just waiting its release. It would be really wonderful having it as a gift!
    Thank you :)

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    Gita
    February 8, 2008 at 3:08 am

    I’ve been reading Amanda’s blog for a couple of months now and not only has it been an affirmation for me in what I do with my son, but also an inspiration for me to take up a camera, a needle, a pencil, a sewing machine”and dig in. And now, I’ve discovered yours! I can’t wait to get reading…thank you!

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    Deardeedle
    February 8, 2008 at 3:13 am

    Oh — Amanda, how your family does inspire me! I can’t wait for more on your book in 2009 – congrats on finishing the first one though! I can’t wait to read it!

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    shannon
    February 8, 2008 at 3:13 am

    wow! so excited for this book!

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    Erin
    February 8, 2008 at 3:14 am

    Thanks for the interview and the chance to win this book!

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    dianne
    February 8, 2008 at 3:14 am

    so, so excited for this book! thanks for the great interview.

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    Kirsten
    February 8, 2008 at 3:15 am

    Thanks for this interview! I’m really looking forward to this book and using it to guide the creativity-focused moments of my (eventual) parenting!

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    Frances
    February 8, 2008 at 3:16 am

    Lovely interview :) Thanks for sharing!

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    Missy K
    February 8, 2008 at 3:17 am

    Hi Jean– You have a wonderful blog. I got here via Rachel at Making Room for More. I would love to be entered to win a copy of this book. I’ve been a faithful SouleMama reader for sometime. Thanks!

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    Mary
    February 8, 2008 at 3:17 am

    Awesome interview!
    I’m so excited about this book!
    Mary

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    Katia Crabb
    February 8, 2008 at 3:18 am

    I am so excited about this book! I have been inspired by soulemama’s website and my boys have loved the projects. Especially, the little books that they create themselves. It is wonderful to see a mother find joy in her family and find beauty in life.

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    rosie
    February 8, 2008 at 3:18 am

    love the interview…i can’t wait until my kids are old enough to do these sorts of things!

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    Rachel
    February 8, 2008 at 3:19 am

    awesome. i am going to send this to my friends!

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    sarah
    February 8, 2008 at 3:20 am

    It was really inspiring to read this interview like it is to read Amanda’s blog. I have been enjoying her blog for about a year now and the glimpses into her world are so wonderful. I can’t wait to get my hands on a copy of this book and share it with my amazing kids and hubby. I hope both books are amazingly successful. -sarah

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    cindy
    February 8, 2008 at 3:21 am

    It sounds like a really great book!

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    mamachelly
    February 8, 2008 at 3:22 am

    I love the family art time. We will start right away! I already have designs for my dining room…

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    Megan
    February 8, 2008 at 3:23 am

    I’m so curious about this book… Can’t wait til it comes out!

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    amy
    February 8, 2008 at 3:24 am

    can’t wait…

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    Julie
    February 8, 2008 at 3:24 am

    Great interview. I love SouleMama. Please enter me in the contest. Thanks so much.

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    Lucia Figueiredo
    February 8, 2008 at 3:24 am

    Amanda is really great and her blog a constant inspiration! Can’t wait for the book!

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    julia
    February 8, 2008 at 3:25 am

    Thanks for the interview. I just discovered your blog and have been looking forward to each new SouleMama post for a year now.

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    Emily
    February 8, 2008 at 3:25 am

    Oh, I’m really looking forward to the book! – both books!

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    Teri in CO
    February 8, 2008 at 3:26 am

    I am a faithful reader of Amanda’s blog and love her style! Thanks for sharing your chat with her! I’d love to be included in the drawing for her book!

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    Sue Krekorian
    February 8, 2008 at 3:26 am

    Such a relief that there is still so much enthusiasm for creative and “messy” play, cos too many children grow up being pressed to be clean and tidy and to sit in front of a screen. Children have such unfettered imaginations if encouraged and facilitated in their creativity, and given this will never know what boredom is. Can’t wait to see this book.

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    tonya lemos
    February 8, 2008 at 3:27 am

    Great Interview thanks! SouleMamas blog is always full of inspirtion!

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    beth
    February 8, 2008 at 3:28 am

    As a daily reader of the Soulemama blog (I feel like it really helps me set a tone for our day and reminds me of exactly what is important :) ), I really enjoyed this interview.
    I’m not very skilled at sewing (at all!). I was wondering if you could tell me more about what level of sewing projects are involved (I can sew little stuff by hand but am not so great w/ a machine).
    Thanks for providing ongoing inspiration. I’m glad to have found this blog.

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    daniela
    February 8, 2008 at 3:29 am

    thank you for the interview. the last 30 days of amanda’s photos have just been one more inspiration! can’t wait to find the book on my own table.

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    Jess
    February 8, 2008 at 3:31 am

    Really looking forward to the release of Soulemama’s book. Sounds like some truly inspirational ideas!

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    brandy
    February 8, 2008 at 3:31 am

    Thanks so much for the interview! Love Soulemama!

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    Jessica
    February 8, 2008 at 3:33 am

    I am so looking forward to reading this book and doing everything in it. I am very inspired by the Amanda’s blog and photos.

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    Ashley Lee
    February 8, 2008 at 3:33 am

    What a great interview! Thanks Jean and Amanda for being willing share your wonderful ideas and thoughts. You greatly inspire me (and I know others, too)! I am very interested in The Creative Family and look forward to its publication.

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    Victoria
    February 8, 2008 at 3:33 am

    Well, Amanda’s book is on my wishlist, and now “I Love Dirt” is as well! Thanks for an inspiring interview.

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    Suzanne
    February 8, 2008 at 3:34 am

    Thanks for putting together the interview! Both your blogs are great and enter me, would love a copy:-)

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    Ellie
    February 8, 2008 at 3:35 am

    I’m really looking forward to the realise of Amanda’s book – I’ve loved her blog for so long now! Thank you for this lovely interview. It’s got a good glimpse into the book, and for people who have never seen SouleMama blog, it would be an excellent introduction.
    Oh, I’d so love to win this book – my list of people who I want to buy it for is very long!!

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    Beth
    February 8, 2008 at 3:37 am

    I can’t wait for this book to come out! Thanks for the interview, and for the chance to win a copy of the book!
    Beth

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    Kathy
    February 8, 2008 at 3:37 am

    Great interview! I am looking forward to the book.

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    Rebecca
    February 8, 2008 at 3:38 am

    I just found soulemama’s blog a couple of weeks ago. Thanks for giving me a little more insight.

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    melissa
    February 8, 2008 at 3:42 am

    thank you for the interview…fun to get a bit more in on the “scoop”. i also am a fan of your blog – keep up the good work!

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    Sara
    February 8, 2008 at 3:43 am

    Great interview! I am looking forward to Amanda’s book. I think it will be a great resource for families looking to create art together.

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    Michelle S
    February 8, 2008 at 3:48 am

    This is great! My mom used to do so many creative things with us when we were kids. I would love love love to give those same memories to my daughters!

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    sarah
    February 8, 2008 at 3:49 am

    Thanks so much for the excellent interview! Can’t wait to see the book!

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    Loretta
    February 8, 2008 at 3:50 am

    Thank you so much for the great interview, it has proved to be very informative and given me alot of insight. I am a regular reader of SouleMama, and am looking forward to her book. Thanks for contest to win a copy.

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    Julia
    February 8, 2008 at 3:55 am

    I love Amanda’s blog and am happy to have found yours through it! Can’t wait for the book to be released – Thanks!!

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    katie
    February 8, 2008 at 3:56 am

    I’ve been waiting and waiting for the book every since Soule Papa made his blog debut! As a family we are constantly inspired by the ideas, thoughts and pictures on Amanda’s blog. I am so grateful that she has opened her home for us to take a peek. Great interview!

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    Amanda
    February 8, 2008 at 3:56 am

    Soulemama is one of my daily morning reads. I would love to win a copy of this book!

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    Renee
    February 8, 2008 at 3:57 am

    thanks for this interview with SouleMama!

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    Laurie L.
    February 8, 2008 at 3:59 am

    Life is inspiration, and having children in the mix just kicks up the volume. Amanda’s book will be a catalyst for many positive moments in a family’s day. Her book is on my list of “must haves”.

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    sarah jane
    February 8, 2008 at 3:59 am

    Can’t wait to read the book!

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    Lisa Z
    February 8, 2008 at 3:59 am

    Of course I would love to win a copy of Amanda’s book! Thank you for posting this review and interview and thanks for the contest.
    I’m glad to find your blog, too. I like the title, The Artful Parent. That’s something I’ve always strived for with my kids, too. Being artful, I mean. As a family.
    Now that I’ve found you, I’ll check back when I have more time to read…
    Thanks, Lisa

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    Kirsten
    February 8, 2008 at 4:00 am

    what a great interview with one of my favorite bloggers. more than once i’ve thought, “wow, i want to be her when i’m a mama…”
    thanks!

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    Courtney
    February 8, 2008 at 4:03 am

    How can I possibly wait until April 1 to get my hands on this book?!?!
    Thanks for doing the interview : )

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    Erin G
    February 8, 2008 at 4:04 am

    Great review! I can’t wait for the book to come out!

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    Tara
    February 8, 2008 at 4:07 am

    Thank you so much for interviewing Amanda! I adore her blog, and I’ve been waiting FOREVER for her book to come out.
    Thanks again!!

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    walterandveronica
    February 8, 2008 at 4:08 am

    so curious about this book…

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    Rae
    February 8, 2008 at 4:08 am

    I CAN’T wait to read this book! I have been so inspired by Amanda and her blog! Thanks so much!!

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    Margarete
    February 8, 2008 at 4:09 am

    Thank you ladies for the lovely interview!

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    Maire
    February 8, 2008 at 4:13 am

    Lusting after this book, to win it would be great.

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    Diane
    February 8, 2008 at 4:14 am

    Nice interview! Pick me! Pick me! Please…

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    Inka
    February 8, 2008 at 4:16 am

    Thanks so much for this interview! :)

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    Aylin
    February 8, 2008 at 4:19 am

    Thanks for the interview and the chance to win this book!

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    Mama Zen
    February 8, 2008 at 4:19 am

    This sounds like a must have book!

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    cs white
    February 8, 2008 at 4:20 am

    This looks like a great book – I’m always wracking my brain to come up with fun things to do.

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    Heather
    February 8, 2008 at 4:21 am

    So glad you took the time to do this and now we have the 2nd book to look forward to as well! Yeah!

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    willowluna
    February 8, 2008 at 4:22 am

    Thank you so much for this interview! Everytime there is a new review of the book I read it and get even more excited. I’m really looking forward to the release of the book to inspire more connections in our family.

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    Jenny Chang
    February 8, 2008 at 4:24 am

    Great interview! I love Amanda’s blog and can’t wait for her book to come out!

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    Sarah
    February 8, 2008 at 4:24 am

    I would love to win the book!

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    Joanne
    February 8, 2008 at 4:28 am

    I appreciate your review of the book, you are very well written. I love soule mama and she is the first blog I visit every day. To have this book would be an honor. I will definitly be buying one asap. Thanks

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    Olivia
    February 8, 2008 at 4:33 am

    Reading soulemama’s blog has made me even more eager to take a look at her book – I can’t wait to see it in hard copy!

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    Elissa
    February 8, 2008 at 4:33 am

    Thanks so much for the interview!

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    mandi
    February 8, 2008 at 4:35 am

    Please, pick me! I am so glad I found your site. I am a avid reader of Amanda’s blog and am new to the blogging world. I’ve been waiting not so patiently for the release of her book. Great interview. Thanks!

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    Jeana
    February 8, 2008 at 4:37 am

    This book is one more reason to look forward to Spring. Thanks for the interview!

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    Valerie dP
    February 8, 2008 at 4:39 am

    I so enjoy and take inspiration from the SouleMama website that I am truly looking forward to reading this book!

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    Tracey
    February 8, 2008 at 4:41 am

    Sure looking forward to reading this book. And this is a new site to me – I’m glad I found it. Thanks!

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    Devan
    February 8, 2008 at 4:42 am

    What a great review! Can’t wait for the book!

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    Beth
    February 8, 2008 at 4:42 am

    LOVE her blog. Look forward to reading her book. Great Interview!

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    Domesticrazy
    February 8, 2008 at 4:45 am

    Great interview! I can’t wait to read this book…

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    Charly
    February 8, 2008 at 4:46 am

    I check SouleMama’s blog everyday looking for new ideas and just inspiration….and I don’t even have kids yet. I’ve been looking forward to her book coming out. If I don’t win it here, I will for sure order me one.

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    Kelsi
    February 8, 2008 at 4:46 am

    I enjoy reading Amanda Soule’s blog almost everyday, almost habit to check it each morning before everyone else gets up. I am so excited to read this much anticipated book!!

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    Allison
    February 8, 2008 at 4:46 am

    Amanda is so inspiring! I’d love to win her book.

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    Anne
    February 8, 2008 at 4:47 am

    lovely interview – I hope I win the book but will buy it if I don’t!

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    Bridget
    February 8, 2008 at 4:48 am

    I can’t wait for this book. The Soule Mama blog is one I check several times a week for inspiration. :)

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    Madeline
    February 8, 2008 at 4:49 am

    It is great to discover your blog through your interview of one of my favorite inspiring women. Great interview and pictures.

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    Carrie
    February 8, 2008 at 4:55 am

    Great interview! I would love to win a copy of this book.

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    angie
    February 8, 2008 at 4:56 am

    Even though I have pre-ordered a copy of Amanda’s book, I’d love to win an extra copy. I already know which of my friend’s would be the lucky recipient of it. Thanks for further whetting our appetites for the release of the book

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    rebecca
    February 8, 2008 at 4:58 am

    i can’t wait to get my hands on a copy of this book.

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    Stefanie
    February 8, 2008 at 4:59 am

    I love everything about Amanda and her parenting style!

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    Lisa O
    February 8, 2008 at 4:59 am

    That sounds like a really inspiring book by such a neat lady.
    Thanks for reminding me to try to be creative!!!

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    jessica
    February 8, 2008 at 5:00 am

    i’m excited for this book to come out. i always love getting a peek into another mama’s brain– to see how she nurtures her children inside and out. thanks for this interview!

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    terri
    February 8, 2008 at 5:00 am

    I can’t wait to pick up a copy of this book. I’ve been waiting for it to come out for a while. Wonderful interview

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    Hedi
    February 8, 2008 at 5:02 am

    i believe it is important and also fun to be creative family , if there are the possibilities to be one, to do arts.

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    Gina
    February 8, 2008 at 5:02 am

    Great review–I can’t wait to see Amanda’s book in print!

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    Randi
    February 8, 2008 at 5:03 am

    Thanks for the interview. I can’t wait for the book to be released! It will be wonderful, I am sure!

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    Jennifer
    February 8, 2008 at 5:03 am

    Thanks for re-highlighting the family drawing time – I remember Amanda posting about that ages ago, and needed the reminder. Can’t wait for the book to be out!

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    Regina
    February 8, 2008 at 5:05 am

    Can a grandma enter to win the book for her two adorable grandchildren ? Can’t wait to read this great book and thank you this exciting give-away !

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    Sadie
    February 8, 2008 at 5:05 am

    This looks like a fantastic book – would love one for my family!

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    Jennifer in Texas
    February 8, 2008 at 5:07 am

    Wow – I love being reminded about family drawing time, and can’t wait for the book!

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    elizabeth laufer
    February 8, 2008 at 5:08 am

    I’m so happy I discovered this blog and this community. I have only been aware of it for a short time but it is very exciting and inspiring! I can’t wait to check out the books!

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    Michelle
    February 8, 2008 at 5:08 am

    I have been reading soulemama’s blog for quite some time and I’m so awed and humbled by the way they go about family life. I would adore a chance to win her book!

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    Mel
    February 8, 2008 at 5:10 am

    I love reading Amanda’s blog and looking at her photos. They are so inspiring and creative. Great interview. Looking forward to reading her new book. I would love the chance to win one of her books. :)

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    April
    February 8, 2008 at 5:11 am

    Hope I win! I can’t wait for this book.

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    Caren
    February 8, 2008 at 5:12 am

    I’m so excited about the release of this book! Amanda has been such a source of inspiration for our family. Thanks for this fabulous interview and givaway!

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    Allison
    February 8, 2008 at 5:12 am

    Great interview! I love Amanda’s blog and I can’t wait for her book! Everyday I go to her blog it brightens my day a little.

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    Sefchen
    February 8, 2008 at 5:15 am

    I can’t wait for the book to come out. I have three little ones who love to make stuff, and new ideas are always welcome. Thank you for a great interview.

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    smoothpebble
    February 8, 2008 at 5:17 am

    I check in with Soulemama everyday. Even though my children are older I would love to work more creative time into our lives.

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    Sara
    February 8, 2008 at 5:19 am

    Thanks for the great interview! Can’t wait to read the book.

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    Laura W.
    February 8, 2008 at 5:20 am

    Wonderful interview!! I’m a huge fan of Amanda’s blog and get so many awesome ideas from her!
    I’m excited to check out your blog now that I have found it!
    Have a beautiful Friday!

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    Mary
    February 8, 2008 at 5:21 am

    I’ve loved reading Amanda’s blog. Would love to receive a copy of her book! :-)

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    Betsy
    February 8, 2008 at 5:23 am

    As a reader of Soulemama, I’d love a copy!

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    Michelle
    February 8, 2008 at 5:23 am

    My daughters 2nd birthday is April 1st (she is the last of 5). I am thinking even if I don’t win the book it would still be a great birthday present. It seems like we have been waiting forever for this book, and now it is just around the corner, can’t wait!!

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    the Speckledpup
    February 8, 2008 at 5:24 am

    I started reading Amanda the week she found out that Adelaide was on the way.
    I can’t wait for that book.
    Please give me one.

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    Marie
    February 8, 2008 at 5:26 am

    What an amazing book! We’re always trying to brainstorm ways to entertain and engage and this hits it on the nose!

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    Maria
    February 8, 2008 at 5:27 am

    great interview!

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    Tara
    February 8, 2008 at 5:27 am

    As a new mama I am so inspired by Amanda’s creativity and enthusiasm for engaging with her children. It is an approach to parenting that I too work to offer my daughter every day. Thank-you for the interview and the opportunity to win her much anticipated book!

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    Kat
    February 8, 2008 at 5:27 am

    I’ve been waiting for this book… It would be even better to win it!

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    Rebecca
    February 8, 2008 at 5:28 am

    I have been waiting for this book forever! Your interview isn’t helping me to be patient. :)

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    Ashley Ann
    February 8, 2008 at 5:30 am

    Great interview! I can’t wait to get my copy (here or from buying it)!

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    Kathryn
    February 8, 2008 at 5:34 am

    I’m so excited that the release of this book is getting closer, I’ve been waiting quite impatiently for it. Amanda’s blog has been inspiring me since I started reading it last summer, and I anticipate that the book will be every bit as inspirational. I want to get it for every mom I know.

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    Jenny
    February 8, 2008 at 5:36 am

    I would love to win a copy of this book!

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    applecyder
    February 8, 2008 at 5:37 am

    Thanks for the great interview. Your website is such a resource. Thanks also for the chance at a freebie!

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    Nikki
    February 8, 2008 at 5:37 am

    Wow, the book sounds amazing and I would so love to win a copy! Feels like we’ve been waiting forever!

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    Pam
    February 8, 2008 at 5:37 am

    Always an inspiration … thank you for the review.

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    Kim
    February 8, 2008 at 5:38 am

    Waiting… impatiently … for April 1st. :0) Great Job SouleMama!

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    tonya
    February 8, 2008 at 5:38 am

    Great interview. Thanks for sharing more great soulemama ideas with us. A little inspiration to get us through the rest of winter!

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    sUsAn
    February 8, 2008 at 5:39 am

    Wonderful interview! I am inspired each day by SouleMama! Happy to have found your blog through her! Happy weekend to you and yours!

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    Kristin
    February 8, 2008 at 5:39 am

    Thanks for this interview! I just love the Soule Mama blog, and I can’t wait for her book! Winning it would be such a bonus :)!

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    Amanda
    February 8, 2008 at 5:40 am

    I can’t wait for this book! and Thank you for the interview – as always great ideas for more creative time with my own family.

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    Jill
    February 8, 2008 at 5:40 am

    Thank you for giving us all some more insight into Amanda’s book! A lovely, insightful interview full of ideas I can begin incorporating into my family life right now!

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    Liz
    February 8, 2008 at 5:41 am

    what a fantastic interview. I can’t wait for the book to be released!

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    Holly B.
    February 8, 2008 at 5:43 am

    I look forward to reading the book. I’m a big SouleMama fan!

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    Melody
    February 8, 2008 at 5:44 am

    Thanks so much for reviewing Amanda’s book… I’m patiently waiting for it’s release. I’m a daily reader of her blog and so glad I found out about yours… great stuff!

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    mamakopp
    February 8, 2008 at 5:47 am

    I just love Soulemama’s blog and I enjoy all that she has to offer. I can’t wait for her book. I am assuming I will read it within an evening that day I receive it:)

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    KievMama
    February 8, 2008 at 5:48 am

    Nice interview. I do want to order the book, but I find myself wondering how much we really need to structure art time. In my house it just happens. I like it that my kids decide when and how and where. Our Christmas decorations are purely kid-created, kid-inspired, etc.
    Anyway…I do love Amanda’s blog!

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    Karen
    February 8, 2008 at 5:48 am

    I just started reading Amanda’s blog in November. I love it! She is so inspiring. I can’t wait to read her book. Thank You for giving someone a chance to win a copy of it.

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    Tabitha
    February 8, 2008 at 5:48 am

    Amanda has been an inspiration to me and my family for over a year now. I can’t wait to read this book!

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    Kathleen
    February 8, 2008 at 5:48 am

    What a nice interview! I’ve found so much inspiration over the years on Amanda’s SouleMama site, and I can’t wait for her book to arrive.

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    SarahKeith
    February 8, 2008 at 5:51 am

    Thanks so much for this interview! I adore the SouleMama blog, and can’t wait for her books to come out. Her outlook is so refreshing and inspiring!

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    Colleen
    February 8, 2008 at 5:54 am

    I have followed Amanda’s blog for some time now and was so pleased to get a different perspective of her and her family life and creativity from your interview with her. Thank you so much for that. I am also anxiously awaiting the release of her book! :-)

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    Ragnar
    February 8, 2008 at 5:56 am

    My 6 month old baby is sleeping on my lap as I type this. As a new parent I’m looking forward to years of creating and learning with this crazy little man who has so changed my life.
    I’m glad and inspired that there are other parents out their paving the way! Thanks for the interview!

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    beki
    February 8, 2008 at 5:59 am

    Thanks for the wonderful interview!

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    Mommy2Punk
    February 8, 2008 at 6:00 am

    Thanks for giving us a little taste of the book. As a frequent rader of the SouleMama blog, I am so excited about the book’s release. I can’t wait to explore all of the wonderful ideas and incorporate them into my own family’s routine. :)

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    ruby
    February 8, 2008 at 6:04 am

    I can’t wait for the book! I am crossing my fingers…

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    Kathryn
    February 8, 2008 at 6:08 am

    Thanks for the contest! It has been on my Wish List for awhile now, and I would love to win one!

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    inga
    February 8, 2008 at 6:12 am

    Great blog, great post, what more can be said! Thank you!))

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    Barb Lattin
    February 8, 2008 at 6:16 am

    I’d love to win SouleMama’s book! Her blog is very inspiring and her photos are beautiful – I’d love to have that in tangible form accessible even in bed. :D

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    Kate
    February 8, 2008 at 6:17 am

    Soulemama’s blog helps start each day with a smile.
    I can not wait to get my hands on this book!!

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    layla
    February 8, 2008 at 6:17 am

    This book looks like wonderful inspiration. Her blog has certainly been inspiring me for awhile! Can’t wait to look at it.

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    margaret
    February 8, 2008 at 6:18 am

    I am so excited about this book. Thanks for the interview.

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    Shauna
    February 8, 2008 at 6:21 am

    I would love to win! Thanks for the chance!

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    kat lugo
    February 8, 2008 at 6:22 am

    WOW, this is a huge list of inspired mamas, how great is that! i love your blog and amandas, thanks to you both for lots of inspiration :) !

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    Cindy
    February 8, 2008 at 6:23 am

    I was turned on to Soulemama by a friend and I have to say that as an eco-minded, educated, late life stay at home mom, I find it quite inspiring and look forward to reading Amanda’s book. After one viewing of the blog site, I a new corner of my brain opened up and a series of new ideas came to me about how to cope with Christmas in an authentic and simplified way as I raise my son, now 20 months. It is exciting to find other moms who are commited to creative parenting and who find value and inspiration in both modern technology and natural, hands-on living.
    Thanks for sharing…

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    shanamamaj
    February 8, 2008 at 6:24 am

    Thanks for talking with Amanda. She’s very inspiring, and I’d love to win a copy of her book!

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    sandi
    February 8, 2008 at 6:24 am

    I found Amanda’s Soulemama blog a year ago this month. I have not missed a day of reading it and always find her so down to earth and inspiring. It is due to her that I have found a love for Winter again. I am mama to an 18 year old son and a 3 year old son, and aspire to be the wonderful and creative parent to my little one as she is to hers. My older son is very creative and we always made time to do art all through the years of his growing up and to this day he still loves to create something from nothing. He is in college now and I believe with all my heart that having and creating art can be the catalyst to finding our authentic selves. He is a wonderful writer and has always been a creative learner. Getting to do it all over again with my little one is such a blessing. And having someone like Amanda Soule to inspire us all is truly a gift from God. I have already preordered her book but if I won this one I would keep it and gift the other one to my best friend and her children. Thanks for the interview. I had never seen your blog before but will surely be back. I bookmarked on my computer. Thanks again, and have a lovely weekend.

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    Carrie
    February 8, 2008 at 6:30 am

    Thank you thank you for the wonderful interview. I’ve been waiting SO long for Amanda’s book to come out! I’m so pleased to have found your blog. . . it’s just wonderful. And, like the last commenter, I’ll be back for certain.

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    Amy M
    February 8, 2008 at 6:35 am

    I have been waiting quite impatiently for this book to be released.
    Amanda is an inspiration in everyway. Thank you for the opportunity to win this book.

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    Jodi Blackman
    February 8, 2008 at 6:35 am

    Really enjoyed this interview. I love the blog and I am going to love this book!

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    kathi hardin
    February 8, 2008 at 6:36 am

    i just love Amanda’s blog and simplicity of her life. Great review of her much anticipated book! Kathi

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    Grace
    February 8, 2008 at 6:37 am

    Am on tenterhooks for this book! Have already requested that our public library order several, and am on the waiting list…waiting rather impatiently! Thanks for the interview, and I am happy to have found your blog!

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    Ursa
    February 8, 2008 at 6:38 am

    This is so inspirational. Crafting with my little one and watching him see me make things is rewarding when he asks me for everything if I made it. Even if it is a towel bought at Wal-mart. :) Thank you.

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    Brandi
    February 8, 2008 at 6:41 am

    Thanks!

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    Kristin
    February 8, 2008 at 6:42 am

    Wonderful interview! I’m so looking forward to this book.

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    borcherts
    February 8, 2008 at 6:42 am

    Oh I would love to win this book! I love reading Amanda’s blog and am excited to have found yours now too!

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    Linda
    February 8, 2008 at 6:46 am

    Very inspiring, looking forward to the book.

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    Ashlee
    February 8, 2008 at 6:46 am

    I just discovered Soulemama and am in love with all her ideas! Thanks for promoting Amanda’s book and doing a wonderful interview!!

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    Amy SCA
    February 8, 2008 at 6:47 am

    Love her blog, loved the interview, and I’m sure I’ll love the book as well! Thanks for including this on your blog. . . because now I know to visit you as well:)

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    J. Lynn Nelson
    February 8, 2008 at 6:48 am

    What a fun interview! And yes, I would also love a chance to win Amanda’s book! Thanks for the opportunity!

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    alanna randall
    February 8, 2008 at 6:48 am

    I am very inspired by Soulemama’s blog- I haven’t seen her book. I love doing art work with children (I don’t have any of my own yet, but I work with kids and try to incorporate art all the time.) I’d love to win the book!
    by the way, no impact man has been an inspiration to me on the environmentally conscious front. He his raising a 2 year old daughter and had an inspiring list of things to do to entertain her without tv https://noimpactman.typepad.com/blog/2007/11/entertaining-is.html
    enjoy!

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    erin maconachie
    February 8, 2008 at 6:50 am

    thanks for the interview! i’m a faithful soulemama reader – looking forward to the book!

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    rebekah
    February 8, 2008 at 6:57 am

    Very excited about the book. Soulemama is a daily stop for me! Thanks a lot.

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    Katie J
    February 8, 2008 at 6:59 am

    I love Amanda’s blog, so I would also love to win a copy of her book. Thanks for the chance! Great interview as well

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    Holly
    February 8, 2008 at 7:05 am

    Great interview! I’m really looking forward to Amanda’s book….it has been on my Amazon wishlist for months!

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    Serena
    February 8, 2008 at 7:07 am

    I love the attention Amanda gives to each idea. Our family does many of the same projects, but I’m always inspired by the respect and time she dedicates. The context makes art more meaningful I think.

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    Amber Lee
    February 8, 2008 at 7:11 am

    I love her blog. Please enter me in the contest!

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    Jenny Mauro Hicks
    February 8, 2008 at 7:16 am

    I so enjoy checking in on Amanda’s blog each day to see beautiful photos and art from her family. I am especially interested in seeing her accomplish so much with the family home with her each day.

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    Beth
    February 8, 2008 at 7:18 am

    Thank you for doing this interview! Amanda is such an interesting person to read about!

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    Jenn
    February 8, 2008 at 7:18 am

    Great interview, and looks like a great book – I’m really excited for it to be released!

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    Debbie Rosenkranz
    February 8, 2008 at 7:19 am

    Amanda Soule is such an inspiration. I read her blog everyday. I adore the way she guides her family along. It is refreshing in todays atmosphere to see someone living the kind of lifestyle that I believe everyone is striving for but most are missing out on. Thank you Amanda for letting us remember that it is truly possible to live as a family in a simple and pleasureable way.
    Thank you to Artful PArent for highlighting her.

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    kevinandandrea
    February 8, 2008 at 7:21 am

    I love Amanda’s blog and can’t wait to also be inspired by her book!

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    Laura
    February 8, 2008 at 7:21 am

    Thanks for the interview-can hardly wait for the new book!

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    Maribel
    February 8, 2008 at 7:24 am

    I’m so glad to see so many people including art in their every day life with children.
    Great interview.

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    Melissa
    February 8, 2008 at 7:24 am

    I can’t wait for the book! It is going to be such a wonderful resource for so many families.

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    christina dixon
    February 8, 2008 at 7:24 am

    I’m itching for the moment that I get to look through that book! Soulemama is one of me favorite bloggies!

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    Claire
    February 8, 2008 at 7:25 am

    This looks fantastic!

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    Stephanie
    February 8, 2008 at 7:27 am

    Nice interview! Can’t wait to read her book!

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    Katie
    February 8, 2008 at 7:28 am

    What a wonderful interview! I can’t wait to read her book–it’s been on my wish list for a while!

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    Carrie
    February 8, 2008 at 7:33 am

    Thanks for the review! I’d like to be entered in the contest.

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    TD wool design
    February 8, 2008 at 2:36 am

    my girls are teenagers now, but i have two lovely little nieces who would truly enjoy the ideas and projects. can’t wait for the book release! kudos!

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    Ann Freeman
    February 8, 2008 at 7:41 am

    What a joy it would be to have the inspiration of Amanda’s book.

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    Carolyn C.
    February 8, 2008 at 7:46 am

    Loved the interview! And of course I expect to love the book as well, can’t wait!

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    robiewankenobie
    February 8, 2008 at 7:46 am

    i want to be in on the one in a million chance…the book looks fabulous!

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    Mya K
    February 8, 2008 at 7:51 am

    Can’t wait to see the book ! I have a 2 month old and I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about how I want to be the best parent to him that I can be. Amanda’s family is inspiring!

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    sarah
    February 8, 2008 at 7:51 am

    Sounds like the whole family would gain something from the book!

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    Carla
    February 8, 2008 at 7:52 am

    I enjoyed the interview and I’m looking forward to when the book comes out! Amanda looks different in pictures she hasn’t taken herself or that are taken by someone who is the same height as she is : )

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    Mary
    February 8, 2008 at 7:52 am

    I’m looking forward to the days of little ones and being able to craft with them… I would love to have a copy of this book on hand to use on a daily basis!

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    em
    February 8, 2008 at 7:53 am

    so inspiring :)

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    Diana
    February 8, 2008 at 7:54 am

    Can’t wait for Amanda’s book to come out – inspiration all round! Would love to win a copy, what a treat.

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    Sequana
    February 8, 2008 at 7:54 am

    She has such a wonderful blog that is so inspirational for a grandmom like me.

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    Carrie
    February 8, 2008 at 7:55 am

    Amanda makes me wish I didn’t have a full time desk job! Because of her, I started my own blog. I don’t think anyone reads it, but it is my way of figuring out what I want to do creatively with myself and my two young boys, oh, and my hubby!
    Looking forward to this book so much, and the new one sounds just as great! Thanks, Amanda – you are guiding my life to a more creative place!

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    jenny
    February 8, 2008 at 7:57 am

    I’m so looking forward to this book…and now a chance to win it!
    Hooray!

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    jil
    February 8, 2008 at 7:58 am

    as an athlete i try to mix art in when i can – this book will be a great help for us “non artistic” minds :)

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    sioux
    February 8, 2008 at 8:01 am

    soulemama has inspired me in many ways…one of which was starting my own blog! i can’t wait for her book to come out. it’s already in my amazon shopping cart, but maybe i’ll get lucky here!

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    Jennifer
    February 8, 2008 at 3:03 am

    I don’t have children yet but I do have Amanda’s book on my amazon wish list. I love reading her blog and hope that I will be able to bring art into our lives in as naturally a way as she does.

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    Bree
    February 8, 2008 at 8:06 am

    Thank you for this interview. I always find Amanda so inspiring. I can’t wait until my little one is old enough for art projects. I suspect we will be using Amanda’s book a lot…

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    Audrey Philpot
    February 8, 2008 at 8:08 am

    I stumbled across Soule Mama at the perfect time. I’ve been looking for ways to increase creativeness in our home in a simple way. I like the style and resourcefulness of Amanda’s book. I really look forward to getting a copy someday. Thanks for doing an interview, it was a good read.

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    wayfarer
    February 8, 2008 at 8:10 am

    Great interview. Gives me some ideas already like the craft area i currently don’t have. :-) Think i’ll find a space to store it all instead of in the closet where we have to dig. Would LOVE a copy of this book.

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    Marloo
    February 8, 2008 at 8:11 am

    I am so excited for this book to come out! Thanks so much for interviewing Amanda and getting such good info from her.

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    Lesley
    February 8, 2008 at 8:14 am

    Ah, the creative family…we have one, but sometimes a kick-start is a welcome and needed. I love Amanda’s blog and I am sure the book is great.

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    Denise
    February 8, 2008 at 8:21 am

    Great interview.
    Thanks
    Denise
    x

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    Sheila
    February 8, 2008 at 8:25 am

    Amanda is my favorite blogger. Her blog is inspirational and makes me look at our home and family as the art project it really is! Her blog is the highlight of my day!

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    HomeGrownLife
    February 8, 2008 at 8:26 am

    Been loving Amanda’s blog for some time now. Looking forward to the book!

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    Bettina
    February 8, 2008 at 8:28 am

    I love following Amanda’s blog and am excited about her book. Thank you for the interview and the chance to win her book!!!

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    Blayne
    February 8, 2008 at 3:29 am

    I enjoyed the interview – the book looks fascinating and inspiring indeed!

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    erica
    February 8, 2008 at 8:29 am

    i have been waiting for this book to come out! i am a faithful reader of her blog and cant wait to see what she’s been working on!

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    Kayla
    February 8, 2008 at 8:30 am

    Great interview! I am also a daily reader at soulemama and I can’t wait for the book! Thanks!

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    Michele James-Parham
    February 8, 2008 at 8:33 am

    Thank you for doing this review! I read Amanda’s blog everyday and I am constantly inspired to try new crafty projects with my family. I feel like I have been waiting forever for this book to come out!

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    Lisa
    February 8, 2008 at 8:34 am

    As a mother of 3 girls who love crafts…I would love to get my hands on this book!

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    Maria
    February 8, 2008 at 8:34 am

    Thanks for the interview – very inspiring and can’t wait for the book!

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    emilykristin
    February 8, 2008 at 8:37 am

    well, one of the many! This is good – lots of kiddos and families are going to be blessed by this book.

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    Cyd
    February 8, 2008 at 8:38 am

    I can’t wait for this book to come out. Amanda is so creative with her kids, and I’m looking forward to being super art mama with mine as well!! Thank-you for the interview.

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    littlegreenfrog
    February 8, 2008 at 8:39 am

    I can’t wait to see this book!

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    Amy
    February 8, 2008 at 8:40 am

    Thanks for a lovely interview.

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    Nicole
    February 8, 2008 at 8:41 am

    I am an avid Soulemama reader, and am so excited for this book!! I will admit to already pre-ordering it (months ago!!), but I have a sister that I just know would love Amanda, but she is a little off the grid and doesn’t do the blog thing. What a perfect gift! :)
    Thanks for a great interview!!

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    Jessica
    February 8, 2008 at 3:46 am

    Would love to have the book :)

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    Michelle W.
    February 8, 2008 at 8:49 am

    Hi! I can’t wait for this book! I have had it on my wishlist for sometime. I wish I had your energy and creativity Amanda! Great blog-I’ve been reading it for sometime now. Thank you for the inspiration!

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    Celeste
    February 8, 2008 at 8:51 am

    I would love a copy of this book–I have two toddlers right now, and this interview (along with Amanda’s blog!) gave me some great ideas for how to interact with them on a more artistic level. Thanks so much!

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    Melissa A
    February 8, 2008 at 8:51 am

    Great interview! I can’t wait to read the book!

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    Tamara
    February 8, 2008 at 8:56 am

    Thank you for doing this interview! I am so excited for this book.

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    Shannon
    February 8, 2008 at 3:57 am

    This book sounds really great and to have the author give a interview is even cooler. Thanks
    [email protected]

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    jesica dehart
    February 8, 2008 at 8:58 am

    I have been a daily reader of soulemama for several years and have been counting down the days until her book comes out since she first announced it. If I don’t win then I will absolutely buy it. It is inspiring to see a stay at home, homeschooling and super crafty mama getting such fame and hopefully a little fortune from all her generosity.

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    Mandy
    February 8, 2008 at 8:58 am

    Enjoyed the interview. Looking forward to the book. Thanks

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    kris
    February 8, 2008 at 9:00 am

    I love Amanda’s blog and I think this book looks wonderful. The interview was great.

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    Michelle
    February 8, 2008 at 9:01 am

    I can’t wait for this book!!!

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    Elizabeth Q.
    February 8, 2008 at 9:02 am

    I’ve been counting the months! Electric sharpeners are the bomb, but so are the colored pencil roses you get from the old-school manual kind.

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    Heidi
    February 8, 2008 at 9:03 am

    I am so excited about this book! Thank you for a very well thought out interview. I have been reading her blog for a number of months now, and have completely enjoyed it!
    Heidi

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    Kim
    February 8, 2008 at 9:05 am

    while i visit amanda’s blog everyday i now know more about her and her direction. i love how she shares it all. so sweet. also, GREAT PICTURE OF YOU AMANDA!!! :)

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    Jen
    February 8, 2008 at 9:09 am

    Thanks for a great interview!

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    denice
    February 8, 2008 at 9:09 am

    I have already pre-ordered this book and can’t wait to read it! Winning one would mean I could gift my sister and not have to share. :) Amanda’s blog is a constant source of inspiration; thanks for the interview.

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    Amy Zink
    February 8, 2008 at 9:10 am

    What a lovely review ! It gave me insight into creating my own art night with my family, and quiet drawing time everyday. We do this together, but only when inspiration hits us, I like the idea of setting aside specific time each day, and each week. We are already doing Dance night…that’s Friday for us !
    Thanks to Amanda for writing such a beautiful book, for sharing your life with us everyday, you are a true inspiration to me !!

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    Amanda
    February 8, 2008 at 4:11 am

    I’m an avid reader of Amanda’s blog – and like Kirsten (above), I want to be her when I’m a mama, too! Thanks so much for posting this interview!

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    Shannon
    February 8, 2008 at 9:13 am

    Amanda’s blog is so sweet and awesome. Needless to say, I am excited to see the book when it comes and must admit that I am hoping to win a copy for a friend of mine who loves her blog even more than I do!
    Thanks, Amanda, for sharing your life and creative spirit with us!

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    gina
    February 8, 2008 at 9:13 am

    I’m anxiously awaiting the release of this book. Such an inspiration!

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    Malinda
    February 8, 2008 at 9:14 am

    Great interview. I read her blog frequently and it is always inspiring!! Family Art night is such an awesome idea!

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    kirstimadethiswithherhands
    February 8, 2008 at 9:14 am

    as a daily reader of soulemama’s blog, it’s so nice to read more positive reviews of amanda’s new book. I’m so excited to see what her voice looks like on paper!
    even though mine is on pre-order, I’d love to put my name in the draw. there are lots of folks that I know who would love to share in amanda’s awesome ideas.

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    Jen
    February 8, 2008 at 4:17 am

    love her blog, and can’t wait for her book!!

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    susan
    February 8, 2008 at 9:19 am

    I’m addicted to Amanda’s blog and try to incorporate as much soulemama-fullness in everyday.

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    coastalgirl
    February 8, 2008 at 9:20 am

    Yes, wonderful interview and it makes everyone even more excited as the book’s release draws closer…thanks.

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    eesh
    February 8, 2008 at 9:20 am

    Great interview! I can’t wait for the book to come out. I love the blog it’s such an inspiration, it’s part of my morning routine with breakfast :)

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    Emma Woodley
    February 8, 2008 at 9:22 am

    Yay! I’m going to start Art Night with my partner so that we’re well and truly in the swing of it when junior comes along.

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    Torie
    February 8, 2008 at 9:23 am

    I am so thankful for the interview with SouleMama!! I love her blog, thanks again!!

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    alison
    February 8, 2008 at 9:24 am

    Please could you include me in the draw? Thank you!

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    Anna
    February 8, 2008 at 9:27 am

    I just found your blog linked from SouleMama and am looking forward to putting it on my list of ‘frequently visited’ for inspiration and ideas. I am always glad to find other people who are creative in their approach to family and daily life.
    Thanks!

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    Aileen
    February 8, 2008 at 9:32 am

    I am so patiently waiting for April. I can’t wait for more inspiration.

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    Pam
    February 8, 2008 at 9:34 am

    Oh my! What an opportunity! I love my kids, I love to create, and creating with my kids is perfect. I would love, love, love a copy of “The Creative Family”. Thanks for the opportunity.

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    Lucy
    February 8, 2008 at 9:35 am

    I’ve been reading SouleMama for quite a while and am so excited about her book! But I’m thrilled to find another blog to help me bring more beauty into my children’s lives.

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    Abbe
    February 8, 2008 at 9:38 am

    Can’t wait to see this beautiful book!

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    Marie
    February 8, 2008 at 9:38 am

    This is exactly the sort of thing I can’t wait to incorporate into our daily lives! Nature, art, love, nurturing…..it’s perfect! :)

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    Vidya
    February 8, 2008 at 9:45 am

    I have been reading SouleMama’s blog for quite a while now. She is truly an inspiration for us Motherfolk out there. She makes Mothering days feel more lovely than ever, with dirt, paint, love, and cherishing all that is. Thanks for the interview.

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    Bertha
    February 8, 2008 at 4:46 am

    What a great interview, I’ve been looking forward to this book since I was pregnant with my little one, who is now a year old! I cant wait until she’s old enough for some of the projects in this book!

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    michelle
    February 8, 2008 at 9:46 am

    thanks, amanda for all the inspiration you given! please keep it coming.

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    Beth
    February 8, 2008 at 4:48 am

    I’d love to have this book!… Again, really enjoying your site. Thank you!

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    Christie P
    February 8, 2008 at 9:50 am

    So inspiring! Counting the days till April 1 . . .

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    Melissa
    February 8, 2008 at 9:50 am

    Hooray–I’d love to win a book. thanks for the interview.

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    Jill
    February 8, 2008 at 4:52 am

    Great interview. I’m so happy that we don’t go it alone and that we have other moms around to inspire us. We live far away from home and sometimes feel isolated here in another country, another language. The good stuff on the internet brings me encouragement. Thanks to all the mamas that spur me on (without knowing it)

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    Panjo Kids
    February 8, 2008 at 4:54 am

    I have read Amanda’s blog for awhile now and am always inspired- I can’t wait to read the book!

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    Eliz
    February 8, 2008 at 9:56 am

    Oh, how I’d love to win a copy of this book! I check the blog frequently. Thanks for all the inspiration!

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    melissa
    February 8, 2008 at 9:58 am

    great interview. I can’t wait for the book to come out!

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    gkgirl
    February 8, 2008 at 9:58 am

    here’s my “give it a shot” try…
    i think she is fantastic
    and would love to read the book!

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    Stacey
    February 8, 2008 at 10:00 am

    Can’t wait to get a copy of the book. Thanks!

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    Catherine Schwartz
    February 8, 2008 at 10:00 am

    I can’t wait for the book. I am new to your blog, and plan on being a regular reader. Thanks for the interview and the drawing.

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    Dawn Thompson
    February 8, 2008 at 10:00 am

    I love her blog so I’m sure I’ll her book!
    What an intersting and insightful interview.
    Thanks for sharing!
    Dawn

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    Camille Turner
    February 8, 2008 at 10:01 am

    What a treat to read this interview! I am so looking forward to the book’s release.

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    Nada
    February 8, 2008 at 10:01 am

    i’ve been anxiously awaiting publication for awhile!

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    Monika
    February 8, 2008 at 5:04 am

    So very much looking forward to the release of the book. Thanks for the great interview.

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    Sarah
    February 8, 2008 at 10:04 am

    Thanks for the inspiring interview! Can’t wait to see if I WIN! :)

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    Julie
    February 8, 2008 at 10:06 am

    Im so glad I fond your blog! Great interview, thanks you
    Julie

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    Kelly
    February 8, 2008 at 10:07 am

    Count me in! Thanks!

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    Brynn
    February 8, 2008 at 10:13 am

    Oh, how I’d love to win. It’s in my Amazon cart, though, just in case.
    I think that’s the first time I’ve seen Amanda’s face – she gives such fleeting glimpses on her own site!

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    Jenny
    February 8, 2008 at 10:19 am

    Thanks so much for the interview.

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    Amanda
    February 8, 2008 at 10:25 am

    I can’t wait to dig into this book and all the others Amanda Mentioned.

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    Sara
    February 8, 2008 at 10:26 am

    Hear about this book just never gets old. Cant wait to read it!

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    camerashymomma
    February 8, 2008 at 5:28 am

    wonderful interview! thank you for sharing the goodness that is soulemama! her creativity reaches so many, it’s really amazing how much positivity follows in her wake. and wonderful that she takes the time to share it with all of us. i’m anxiously awaiting the book release!

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    Amanda
    February 8, 2008 at 10:30 am

    I look forward to the book, and enjoy your blog on a daily basis! Good luck!
    amanda

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    flowerpot
    February 8, 2008 at 10:34 am

    I’m an avid reader of Amanda’s blog. What a great inspiration!

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    Just Pure Lovely
    February 8, 2008 at 5:37 am

    Loved reading the interview!

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    Allison
    February 8, 2008 at 10:38 am

    I can’t wait to read this book!

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    nina beana
    February 8, 2008 at 10:40 am

    how fun!
    (fingers crossed…)

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    Monica
    February 8, 2008 at 10:44 am

    Thanks for the interview! I’m a fan of Amanda’s blog and am looking forward to seeing the book…and gathering all sorts of new information for my family.

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    justina
    February 8, 2008 at 10:45 am

    oh, i can’t wait until this book comes out. i’ve been reading amanda’s blog for a while, and now have discovered yours!

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    Alison
    February 8, 2008 at 10:48 am

    This really got me thinking, especially what Amanda said about what we DO with our children’s art and the message that sends. I’m so looking forward to her book!

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    Kristena
    February 8, 2008 at 10:50 am

    I love Amanda Soule’s blog, work and ideas! Thank you for this interview.

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    Allison
    February 8, 2008 at 10:50 am

    Thanks for this great interview! I can’t wait for this book, just like everyone else!

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    Pamela Karasek
    February 8, 2008 at 10:55 am

    You’ve sold me on the book — and the next one, too! Thanks for a wonderful interview!

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    Corene
    February 8, 2008 at 10:56 am

    I’m planning on getting this book, and am excited about incorporating some of these ideas into our family life.

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    Kristen
    February 8, 2008 at 11:03 am

    I don’t even have kids yet and Amanda’s blog and book ideas are still hugely inspiring. Quite nice interview.

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    Sarah Cosper
    February 8, 2008 at 11:04 am

    Soulemama is the first site I check with my morning coffee.

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    Jeni Smith
    February 8, 2008 at 11:05 am

    I really am inspired by the ideas on Amanda’s Blog, esp the family art time. I’m very much looking forward to her book. It’s the only bday present I’ve asked for!

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    Addie
    February 8, 2008 at 11:07 am

    I can’t wait until this book is available. Thanks for the interview!

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    Stephanie
    February 8, 2008 at 11:16 am

    Thanks for the great interview! What fun, simple, family friendly ideas!

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    Mendy
    February 8, 2008 at 11:18 am

    Amanda is the steam behind my locomotion of a creativity resolution I made this year. So far I took on our annual Pre-School Art show, got a sewing machine and have had some sort of creative art time everyday for my two boys. I love her website and our family looks forward to my copy of the book!

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    Allison
    February 8, 2008 at 11:18 am

    Loved this interview, can’t wait for the book to come out!

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    jen
    February 8, 2008 at 11:18 am

    great interview!

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    Felecia
    February 8, 2008 at 11:19 am

    Great interview!!!! Can’t wait for the book to come out :)!!!!

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    barbaralee
    February 8, 2008 at 11:20 am

    great interview!

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    Taimarie
    February 8, 2008 at 11:21 am

    I can’t wait to see this book (and winning a copy would be grand!) thanks for reviewing it!

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    Breanna S
    February 8, 2008 at 11:21 am

    I can’t wait to check out this book it sounds refreshing!

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    leahmoir
    February 8, 2008 at 11:22 am

    Thanks for reviewing this! I have been looking forward to April and searching for any more information on it since I first heard about it! I am looking forward to reading it cover to cover.

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    Caroline
    February 8, 2008 at 11:22 am

    Amanda is an amazing person! I really enjoy reading her blog and I can’t wait until her new book comes out!

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    Melanie
    February 8, 2008 at 11:22 am

    This book sounds terrific! I’m always struggling to come up with more new ways of igniting my son’s interest in art. He loves to do the basics but I know this book would open up a whole new world of ideas for us both. Thanks!

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    Carolyn
    February 8, 2008 at 11:25 am

    Hooray for SouleMama! Her site is beautiful, and a pleasure to read, and I’m really glad to also read this interview.

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    lydia
    February 8, 2008 at 11:27 am

    so anxious to incorporate some of these new ideas and learn more. with three little girls at home, i’m always looking for something fresh and encouraging. thank you!

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    urbanmummy
    February 8, 2008 at 11:34 am

    This book sounds fabulous! thank you!

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    Wendy
    February 8, 2008 at 11:34 am

    I get so much inspiration from SouleMama’s blog. I’d love to win this book!

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    Sherah
    February 8, 2008 at 11:35 am

    I can’t wait for this book to come out! Amanda has inspired so many people!

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    Lacey
    February 8, 2008 at 11:38 am

    Great interview! Amanda is such a treat!

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    Carrie
    February 8, 2008 at 11:39 am

    Thanks for the inspiration!

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    Molly
    February 8, 2008 at 11:50 am

    I love Amanda’s blog and I’m glad to have discovered The Artful Parent. Thanks for the interview!

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    Kielz
    February 8, 2008 at 11:52 am

    She is so inspiring. Thanks for the opportunity to win a copy of this!

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    Kiasa
    February 8, 2008 at 11:53 am

    I’m so excited for SouleMama’s book! I love her blog and hope, hope, hope I win her bood!

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    Liz
    February 8, 2008 at 12:00 pm

    I am so very excited for this book to come out. I put it on hold the day it went on Amazon. Thank you so much for the interview and I am bookmarking your blog now!

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    Nina
    February 8, 2008 at 12:02 pm

    I’m a SouleMama-blog reader (SO inspiring!), and just now found this blog – what a great link to run into! Interesting! I’m looking forward to SouleMama’s book too : ) Greetings from Amsterdam, Netherlands!

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    tara pollard pakosta
    February 8, 2008 at 12:04 pm

    i would LOVE her booK!
    i will buy it if i don’t win IT!
    tara

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    Cathy T
    February 8, 2008 at 12:04 pm

    I loved reading this interview and look forward to the book!

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    Lucy
    February 8, 2008 at 12:05 pm

    Great interview, loved the photos and ideas. Cannot wait for the book!

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    Shari
    February 8, 2008 at 12:09 pm

    What a great overview of the book and author, thanks! I would love to win a copy. Thanks!!

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    Jessica
    February 8, 2008 at 12:12 pm

    It feels like I’ve been waiting FOREVER for this book to come out! Hurry, hurry, hurry! I don’t have children, but I’m sure I’m going to find so many beautiful, inspiring things to add to my Montessori classroom. Can’t wait! (oh, did I say that already?!)

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    kelli
    February 8, 2008 at 12:16 pm

    I would love to win this book! I can’t wait for it to come out.

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    Tara
    February 8, 2008 at 12:19 pm

    looks like a great book!

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    kimberly/tippytoes
    February 8, 2008 at 12:19 pm

    Yay! I can’t wait to get my hand on the book!

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    Angelica Galiano
    February 8, 2008 at 12:24 pm

    Amanda is such an inspiration. I just can’t wait to read her book

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    Lee
    February 8, 2008 at 12:25 pm

    My sister has told me about Amanda and her book. I’m crossing my fingers (selfishly) that I will win!!

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    VM
    February 8, 2008 at 12:26 pm

    I never win anything…maybe this will be the beginning of my luck turning. Can’t wait to read this book!

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    Jerri
    February 8, 2008 at 12:27 pm

    It sounds like a great book. Thanks for the chance.

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    alexyss
    February 8, 2008 at 12:28 pm

    hooray! im on a crafty mission right now and took a tiny break…and was rewarded with this interview. hooray!

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    erinK.
    February 8, 2008 at 12:29 pm

    wow. I can’t wit for this book! Thanks for the interview.

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    lindsey
    February 8, 2008 at 12:39 pm

    soulemama is supermom :) can’t wait to borrow some of her lovely ideas… i was raised by an incredibly creative mom and hope to be the same to my kids whenever God blesses me with some!

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    sadira
    February 8, 2008 at 12:41 pm

    What a wonderful interview!! I am looking forward to the book coming out (not too long now) But, I would love a chance to win it as well…

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    Amanda Bohl
    February 8, 2008 at 12:44 pm

    I’ve been reading SouleMama for the past year and am endlessly inspired to create and share with my 2 1/2 year-old son. With another child on the way I’m sure I’ll find further inspiration on on how to balance multiple children, and everything else in life. I’m really looking forward to Amanda’s book’s release!

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    Rosina
    February 8, 2008 at 12:51 pm

    This book looks so fun. I guess I really need to keep in mind how creative children can really be.

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    Beth B.
    February 8, 2008 at 12:56 pm

    I’ve a big fan of SouleMama’s blog, and can’t wait for her book to come out! Thanks for the review. It looks like it’ll be as good as I’d imagined. :-)

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    Krishawn
    February 8, 2008 at 7:58 am

    Glad to see that the word on Soule Mama is getting out! She inspires me to be a more mindful parent and to see the beauty in those little everyday moments.

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    Lisa Grover
    February 8, 2008 at 12:59 pm

    I love Soulemama’s blog as I recently moved my kids to the Waldorf School in Vancouver BC Canada, I love that I can appreciate her thoughts and apply them to our life. Thanks for all the projects, books and ideas. We can hardly wait for the book to come out!!

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    Sunni
    February 8, 2008 at 1:01 pm

    I love Amanda’s blog. It’s inspired me to take more photos, start my own blog, and do more crafting. I have 2 young children ages 3 4. I can’t wait to see all the ideas Amanda’s book has for crafting with kids.

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    Kaytie
    February 8, 2008 at 1:03 pm

    I think this book is such a wonderful idea — there isn’t anything else out there like it. I can’t wait for April to finally come around…

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    Sarah Jackson
    February 8, 2008 at 1:04 pm

    I’m really looking forward to buying this book – we’re all about family art time around here.

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    myriam
    February 8, 2008 at 1:06 pm

    Great Interview! i can’t wait for this book to come out!!

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    Sarah Magney
    February 8, 2008 at 1:09 pm

    Thanks for interviewing SouleMama. I am looking forward to her book coming out soon!

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    Mariana
    February 8, 2008 at 1:12 pm

    Im and avid reader of soulemama, its nice to read her interview too. cheers

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    Megan
    February 8, 2008 at 1:12 pm

    I’m so glad I followed the link from SouleMama’s blog — great interview and another great blog to bookmark!

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    Susan Gibb
    February 8, 2008 at 1:18 pm

    O-o-o-o-h! o-o-o-o-h! Pick me! Pick me! I am counting the days until this book comes out!

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    Lady Di
    February 8, 2008 at 1:18 pm

    I love soulemama!

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    Ericka
    February 8, 2008 at 8:19 am

    I am looking very forward to Amanda’s book. And to hear she has another in the works already. Yeah!

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    Lauren
    February 8, 2008 at 1:23 pm

    Thank you for the great interview. I can’t wait to check out this book!

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    Alison
    February 8, 2008 at 1:33 pm

    I can’t wait to get my hands on this book!

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    Caitlyn
    February 8, 2008 at 1:53 pm

    Looking forward to April 1st! Thanks for doing this interview and getting us all so excited!

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    Beth Y
    February 8, 2008 at 1:56 pm

    Sounds like a fabulous book. Can’t wait to read it (or win it)!

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    Crystal
    February 8, 2008 at 1:57 pm

    Thanks for doing the interview. I love reading your blog each week when I have time. No kids yet, but I hope they can be creative when I do!

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    Jennifer Kim
    February 8, 2008 at 1:58 pm

    This interview has convinced me I *need* this book when it comes out. I could use some inspiration for keeping the creativity flowing in our home. I love that Amanda and her family use their dining room table as their main art space as that’s what we use as well; her comments about that really touched on my feelings about it as well.

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    Danielle Eaton
    February 8, 2008 at 1:58 pm

    Amanda has such good, simple, wonderful ideas, and I love reading her blog…i don’t have kids yet, but it makes me even more excited about having kids, and all the things that i can teach and do with them. Thanks for the review, i hope i win her book! hehe.

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    Paige
    February 8, 2008 at 8:59 am

    Lovely interview, thanks!

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    Prisca
    February 8, 2008 at 2:16 pm

    Great interview! I’d love this book. Soule Mama rocks. Thanks for bringing this interview to us!

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    Kirsty D
    February 8, 2008 at 2:17 pm

    I can hardly wait for this book to become availble! I love to read snippets form Soulemama – so inspiring.

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    Kirsty D
    February 8, 2008 at 2:18 pm

    I can hardly wait for this book to become available! I love to read snippets from Soulemama – so inspiring.

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    MamaBird
    February 8, 2008 at 9:18 am

    Sounds like a great book! I just started following SouleMama’s blog so it’s fantastic to get a peek at the person behind the creativity. Tx for the iview…

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    Susan K.
    February 8, 2008 at 2:25 pm

    I wanna win it! Pick me! Pick meeeeee!

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    Kyla
    February 8, 2008 at 2:25 pm

    Her photos are my favorite I have so much hope that my son will transform into a crafty, book making, nature loving little person

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    Alyssa
    February 8, 2008 at 9:30 am

    This book will surely be a great additon to the resource files! Looking forward to seeing it in person after reading Amanda’s blog for awhile now and enjoying her style and taste so much.

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    Lil' d
    February 8, 2008 at 2:45 pm

    She really is an inspiration – thank you.

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    Leanne
    February 8, 2008 at 2:56 pm

    Amanda’s blog inspires even those of us far far away. Her invitation into her family’s life makes me feel that Portland can’t really be that far away from the south-east coast of Australia… surely!?! My boys love all things creative and in-the-making.
    Thanks for continuing to inspire.

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    Amy
    February 8, 2008 at 3:04 pm

    I am so excited about this book! I’ve been reading SouleMama for a couple years and it is one of my very favorite websites.

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    Rebecca
    February 8, 2008 at 3:04 pm

    What a great interview! Thanks for giving us a chance to win this book! I am so excited to see it!!

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    Margaret
    February 8, 2008 at 3:06 pm

    Yay! This book sounds awsome!

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    Anne L
    February 8, 2008 at 3:07 pm

    Thanks for the interview. I love Amanda’s blog and look forward to reading (or winning) her book.

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    Mary
    February 8, 2008 at 3:11 pm

    I too love the SouleMama blog and eagerly await the book. When my day has been crazy and when I have a moment to sit down, I read Amanda’s blog and I feel calmer. I also feel inspired to try something new with my kids. Thank you for the interview!

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    Sarah M
    February 8, 2008 at 3:19 pm

    I would love this~ it’s already on my amazon wish list!
    [email protected]

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    meg
    February 8, 2008 at 3:20 pm

    put my name in the (very big) hat!

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    Joline
    February 8, 2008 at 3:26 pm

    this was a very inspiring post especially about a person who i admire so much!
    kudos!

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    amber
    February 8, 2008 at 10:42 am

    please enter me, too!

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    Lisa L.
    February 8, 2008 at 3:45 pm

    What a great interview – can’t wait for the book to come out!

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    Yarrow
    February 8, 2008 at 3:46 pm

    Wonderul interview. I am an avid rader of Amanda’s blog. Thank you. I can’t wait to rad her book! Hope I win.
    Yarrow

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    Yarrow
    February 8, 2008 at 3:47 pm

    Sorry, should have used spell check, I was so excited about he contest! lol

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    Tricia
    February 8, 2008 at 3:57 pm

    great interview! I can’t wait for the book!

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    Jessica
    February 8, 2008 at 3:57 pm

    Thanks for the nice interview! I’m so looking forward to the release of the book!

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    Jenna
    February 8, 2008 at 4:05 pm

    What a lovely interview! I am so excited for the book and contest too!

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    Melissa
    February 8, 2008 at 11:19 am

    Thank you for interviewing Amanda! I LOVE her blog, and I am really looking forward to getting our family a copy of her upcoming book.

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    Audrey
    February 8, 2008 at 4:23 pm

    Here’s to Soulemama and all of us hard-working SAHM out there, trying to highlight the beauty and creativity which is there for us to discover every day in the most ‘ordinary’ / extraordinary moments! Can’t wait for the book to be released!

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    Meghan
    February 8, 2008 at 4:24 pm

    Looks like a great book!

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    Michelle
    February 8, 2008 at 4:26 pm

    Such an inspiring interview and outlook on family creativity! Looking forward to this book and to incorporating more art into my family’s lives….Keep up the good work!

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    Amy Meece
    February 8, 2008 at 4:27 pm

    Great Interview. I’m sure to check back to see what else you’ll be up to.

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    mel
    February 8, 2008 at 4:30 pm

    Wow! Looks like your readership has really taken off! Congratulations!
    I’ve been following SouleMama’s 30 Days project with interest (and it inspired me to capture the little moments in our life together). This would be a great birthday present for me…

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    Sarah
    February 8, 2008 at 4:32 pm

    I’m jonesing so hard for this book!

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    Libby
    February 8, 2008 at 4:32 pm

    I enjoyed reading the interview with the author and I can’t wait for the release of her book.

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    evie
    February 8, 2008 at 4:32 pm

    Great interview!
    I’d LOVE to add this book to my AC repertoire!

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    stacy hwang
    February 8, 2008 at 4:34 pm

    i am so eager to get this book! i stumbled upon amanda’s blog and have been immeasurably inspired. as a mom with two small kids i LONG to know WHAT to do with them each and every day. it is hard for me to be creative with them. so thank you! thank you for the interview. thank you, amanda, for the encouragement i needed, and i look forward to becoming a better mom!

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    Heidi
    February 8, 2008 at 4:34 pm

    with all these comments, chances are slim but I’d love to win a copy!

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    ellen
    February 8, 2008 at 4:34 pm

    Rad book- I love Amanda’s blog and can’t wait to read more . . . thanks for this interview!

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    CarrieJ
    February 8, 2008 at 4:37 pm

    We do a little art everyday, but I have never thought to do it as a family sit down thing *smacks forehead with heel of hand* can’t wait to set that up. It will be great for a little mommy/daughter time now that the baby is here.

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    Amber Benton
    February 8, 2008 at 4:37 pm

    Love SouleMama – looking forward to a copy of the book – FREE or otherwise :)

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    Nicole
    February 8, 2008 at 4:41 pm

    I’ll play too. Thanks for the opportunity and the great interview!

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    Bethany
    February 8, 2008 at 4:42 pm

    Great interview. And thanks to Amanda for pointing me here. I’m excited to pore through your archives!

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    Jennifer
    February 8, 2008 at 4:47 pm

    I love the method of starting simple, and building from there. Family Art time sounds like such a great idea.

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    Bridget
    February 8, 2008 at 4:49 pm

    I love SouleMama’s blog and can’t wait for the book! Right up my alley in so many ways! Thanks for doing the interview, and to Amanda for the link.

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    Melissa
    February 8, 2008 at 4:50 pm

    I can’t wait for the book! Love the interview!

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    Alina
    February 8, 2008 at 5:00 pm

    I can’t wait for this book to be released. The interview was great, you had great questions.

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    Aimee
    February 8, 2008 at 5:00 pm

    I can’t wait to get my hands on it! It is all so inspiring!

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    Rebekah
    February 8, 2008 at 5:05 pm

    I LOVE SouleMama’s blog. Will I love her book as well?

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    Christine
    February 8, 2008 at 5:08 pm

    Amanda is such an inspiration! I am really looking forward to seeing her book and to using all of her creative ideas.

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    Beth
    February 8, 2008 at 5:18 pm

    I haven’t pre-ordered the book yet so this would be a great win…or a motivation to pre-order!

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    Catherine
    February 8, 2008 at 5:20 pm

    Thank you for the interview. Amanda is quite talented and extremly thoughtful in what she does with her life. There is so much to learn from someone living…..really living and breathing deep in their life.

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    michelle_d
    February 8, 2008 at 5:22 pm

    This interview really makes me want to read this book! Thank you so much!

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    Vivien
    February 8, 2008 at 5:23 pm

    Love Amanda and her blog and can’t wait for her book to come out so we can share all that Soulemama goodness!

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    sarah
    February 8, 2008 at 5:25 pm

    thanks for the interview and chance to win this book that i am sure will be a big hit.

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    Estella
    February 8, 2008 at 12:29 pm

    I love Soulemama :D I can’t wait to see what her book has to offer!

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    tracie
    February 8, 2008 at 12:34 pm

    Great interview. I can’t wait for the book. I’m sure it will be as beautiful as Amanada’s daily posts on her blog.

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    lana
    February 8, 2008 at 5:39 pm

    Great choice of the book!

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    Julie Lawrence
    February 8, 2008 at 5:48 pm

    Thanks for such a great interview!

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    Donna
    February 8, 2008 at 6:02 pm

    This book looks great! I need more ideas for quality family time.

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    Kristi C
    February 8, 2008 at 6:03 pm

    Thank you for this interview. I am so excited for this book. I have two young boys (an infant and a toddler) at home and can not wait to do family activities together. I am feeling inspired!

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    Jo Windmill
    February 8, 2008 at 6:09 pm

    SouleMama is my absolute favourite blog, and her photos of nature , and how she brings that into the lives of her family (herself included in the artistic life) really inspire me!
    Can’t wait for the book, really.

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    mrstwigg
    February 8, 2008 at 6:19 pm

    Her book is on the top my want list.
    It will be nice to hold some inspiring brilliance in my hands.

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    varenia
    February 8, 2008 at 6:27 pm

    i can’t wait for the book! i love soulemama’s blog and keeping it simple philosophy… thanks for the review!

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    Lauren
    February 8, 2008 at 6:30 pm

    I have a young son and am excited to incorporate these activities into our family life. To echo everyone else, I can’t wait to get my hands on this book!

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    Aimee
    February 8, 2008 at 6:33 pm

    Thank you for the interview. Soulemama is an inspiration!

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    sharon
    February 8, 2008 at 6:35 pm

    can’t wait to see this book !

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    Laure Hillman
    February 8, 2008 at 6:37 pm

    Although my kids are grown, I’m now a grandma and can’t wait to purchase this book for my son and his wife. And, I’m sure that I will be using some of the ideas for my “Meema Saturdays.”

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    crystine
    February 8, 2008 at 6:37 pm

    wonderful.
    a woman who knows that imagination is pure magic.

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    Ange
    February 8, 2008 at 6:44 pm

    Thanks for the review. I am studying teaching at the moment and I think this book would be helpful when parents ask what sorts of things they can do at home to inspire their children.

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    Shannon
    February 8, 2008 at 6:46 pm

    Wonderful interview. I have been reading the Soulemama blog for some time and really enjoy it.

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    Morgan Rose
    February 8, 2008 at 6:48 pm

    Thanks for a great interview. My favorite part of Soulemama’s blog is when she gives us a book list. I’m so glad you asked her for an artful list !

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    Jenny
    February 8, 2008 at 7:00 pm

    I am constantly looking to Amanda on her blog for inspiration on creative activities to do with my own children. Thank you for the wonderful interview – I am very excited about her book!

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    rosesmama
    February 8, 2008 at 7:06 pm

    If anything, we are too creative at our house, so the “mechanics” of life get a bit lost in the mix. I’m leaving a comment though because I want this book for my neighbor, who would love it.

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    Jody
    February 8, 2008 at 7:11 pm

    LOVE the interview! I read Amanda’s blog daily and I can’t wait for the book to come out. she has such great creative ideas for activities for a peaceful, creative family. She is such an inspiration!

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    Lauren
    February 8, 2008 at 7:13 pm

    Thank you so much for this review. I’ve been reading Soulemama for about two years now, and am always inspired by Amanda and her way of bringing art into the everyday lives of her children. I can not wait to get my hands on this book.. Maybe I’ll win it here!

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    Stacy
    February 8, 2008 at 7:15 pm

    The interview was great. The book looks to-die-for and a chance to win, priceless. Thanks for all of it.

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    jess
    February 8, 2008 at 7:23 pm

    thanks for the great interview. can’t wait to read amanda’s book! i’ll be buying it (if i don’t win it here first!).

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    cyndi
    February 8, 2008 at 2:28 pm

    am looking forward to getting my hands on a copy of htis book….one way or another :)

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    Jeni Powell
    February 8, 2008 at 7:34 pm

    I’m a new visitor to your blog but not new to SouleMama’s. Would love a copy of her book gratis but will most certainly buy otherwise. Thanks for the additional insight into this creative and inspiring mama.

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    tricia
    February 8, 2008 at 7:38 pm

    amanda is amazing. she, almost single-handedly, got me crocheting again and seeing my children’s artwork as “art”. thanks for the interview!!

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    shana
    February 8, 2008 at 7:45 pm

    I am waiting for this book to come out. i am inspired already.

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    Lauren R
    February 8, 2008 at 2:49 pm

    I love checking the SouleMama blog for fun and inspiration. Thanks for sharing this interview!

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    shelley caskey
    February 8, 2008 at 8:00 pm

    amanda is such an inspiration, and to so many! i am eagerly awaiting her book!

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    Molly
    February 8, 2008 at 3:00 pm

    Thanks for featuring this book. I can’t wait to see it!

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    laura phelps
    February 8, 2008 at 8:09 pm

    great ideas! look forward to creating with my 4 little ones…but gee..I NEED that book!!!!!!

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    kate
    February 8, 2008 at 8:22 pm

    what’s not to love about an interview with soulemama! I’m salivating for her book.

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    Karen
    February 8, 2008 at 8:30 pm

    Total inspiration. Insightful and informative interview. Can’t wait to see Amanda’s book.

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    SarahC
    February 8, 2008 at 8:30 pm

    I stumbled across your blog through Soulmama, she is such an inspiration and has helped me let go a little and let my kids create. I am eagerly awaiting a copy of her book.

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    angie
    February 8, 2008 at 8:34 pm

    Being a mother of four, and working in a class of 30 2-3 year olds, this book is bound to be totally inspiring…wether i win this or not, I need this book.

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    umm yusuf
    February 8, 2008 at 9:23 pm

    I homeschool my five children in Australia and regularly read Soulemama’s blog for inspiration.I can’t wait to read the book !

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    Chelsea
    February 8, 2008 at 9:33 pm

    Thanks for the great interview!

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    emma
    February 8, 2008 at 9:38 pm

    tuesday is my birthday, what better present would be a copy of Creative Family, think I will treat myself anyway! We are a family of four (maybe 5 soon) living parallel lives, in opposite seasons, on the wild southern coast of Australia, mama enjoys being inspired by Amanda’s days!

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    Sam Adlington
    February 8, 2008 at 9:53 pm

    Hi thanks so much for another insight into being a creative family can’t wait to get my hands on your book, I find it hard with a large busy city based family to find the family time personal time to sit down be still and create, I love reading Amandas blogs and interviews and so often they give inspiration to get up and just do it!, I feel that she’s a friend even though I’ve never met or spoke to her – this is how books and blogs should be done…Great work Amanda, I really don’t know how you do it (also being a Mum of three babes!!)
    Samantha, Nottingham, United Kingdom

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    Sandra-MyInspiredHeart
    February 8, 2008 at 5:00 pm

    Thanks for the fabulous interview! I can’t wait to get her book and all of the inspiring ideas in it! I think we’ll start Family Art Night right away!!

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    Sandra
    February 8, 2008 at 5:13 pm

    anything to help out with boredom for the kids that brings us closer

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    tiff
    February 8, 2008 at 10:46 pm

    I can’t seem to go a day without reading soulmama, i feel inspired to love my life more after each post. I am really curious to read her book, she really is an inspiration.
    Tiffany, Australia

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    Jo Marks
    February 8, 2008 at 11:20 pm

    Am hanging out to get this book – my 2 year old is following in the footsteps of her creative teen sisters, but this mama needs some more inspiration! Thanks for the opportunity to win,
    Jo in Oz

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    Robyn Piotrowski
    February 8, 2008 at 11:23 pm

    Somehow Amanda seems to know exactly what my boys (5 3) and I are always up to… and then she has the perfect project to compliment it. My 5 year old wakes up in the morning and asks,” what project are we going to make today?” Or, “do you want to do an experiment?” So we are always busy at my house combining love, laughter and art! I didn’t know there were any other moms out there like me… doing all the fun/crazy projects that my boys I do- until I found the world of blogs and then SouleMama. So, Yes, your review- fantastic! And, Yes… I can’t wait for the book!

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    Silvia
    February 8, 2008 at 11:51 pm

    I’ve been lurking in Amanda’s blog for a while now and always find something inspiring to borrow, copy or adapt to our family needs. I love the way she makes it all look natural and simple: a real boost when I struggle against untidiness, paint all over, crashed pencils on the floor, misused scissors – like yesterday, when they accidentally cut our cat’s whiskers. I’m sure the book will be a fantastic source of nourishment for the soul(e).
    Silvia, Italy

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    mnmmom2k
    February 9, 2008 at 12:26 am

    I am a faithful reader of Soulemama, I cannot wait for this book to come out. Her photography inspires me, as well as her crafting ideas.

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    leighanne
    February 8, 2008 at 8:10 pm

    What a fantastic interview! It is so candid and ‘real”…thank you to both Ladies for putting all that out there. I enjoyed reading it, so much!

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    Monika
    February 9, 2008 at 1:10 am

    I was very glad to find Soulemama blog, I will read more of it. And this interview gave an even more full view of this bright person. Thanks Amanda for these opportunities, for sharing ideas. And for shearing this warmness – through the photos, ideas, pictures. Wish you all the best. And hope to read more inspiring interviews!!

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    gigglepotamus
    February 9, 2008 at 1:17 am

    I’ve seen links to Amanda’s blog all over the place, and now this great book- I just LOVE the idea of putting natural objects on the table for inspiration! I’m going to check out the blog right now!

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    Roon
    February 8, 2008 at 8:20 pm

    Awesome, Inspiring interview and, of course, author/mom/artist. Can’t wait to see more from her. Thank you for whetting our appetites for nature-centered-family-centered art!

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    Deirdre
    February 9, 2008 at 1:46 am

    So glad to have discovered your site and have all these resources in one place. Looking forward to SouleMama’s book too!

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    Julie
    February 9, 2008 at 2:03 am

    I can’t wait to get my copy of the book. I would love to win a free copy! That would make my day!

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    Andrea Kidssweet
    February 9, 2008 at 2:05 am

    Thanks for this wonderful interview. I love Soulemama and am glad I found your blog through the interview. I’ll be visiting often.

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    Jen Lynch
    February 9, 2008 at 2:09 am

    Amanda and her family are inspiration, teachers, examples and thought provokers. I cannot WAIT to read the whole book! Thanks for the sneak peek!

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    Kim Newton
    February 9, 2008 at 2:41 am

    I truly enjoyed this interview – thank you. So looking forward to the book! And I’m happy to have found your blog and will come back again!

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    Sarah
    February 9, 2008 at 2:52 am

    Thank you so much for this wonderful interview. I am so looking forward to this book coming out, the interview alone has got me steaming with ideas for my little family.

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    Frivolitea
    February 9, 2008 at 2:52 am

    That was a great interview. I look forward to seeing the book! I’ll be back for a visit! Frivolitea ([email protected])

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    Sheila
    February 9, 2008 at 2:58 am

    My three children and I would LOVE to have this book! She has found her calling in life! Thanks for the interview and the chance to win the book!

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    heidi franklin
    February 9, 2008 at 3:03 am

    I cant wait for the book. I love Amanda Soule’s comments on her dining room table. We live in a small house so our kitchen table functions as many things (right now it is a ping pong table, net and all). I’d like to know some of her organization hints, too. Thanks for the interview!

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    sharyn (torm)
    February 9, 2008 at 3:17 am

    definitely inspired and can’t wait to peek between the covers a bit more!

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    Cindy
    February 9, 2008 at 3:47 am

    I am anxiously awaiting this book by a mother that inspires me to enjoy the simple ways of my three girls in our hectic daily life. Thanks for the interview, and a chance to win the book.

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    Patricia
    February 9, 2008 at 3:54 am

    This would be a great addition to our family library. Thank you for the review and interview!

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    Aimee
    February 9, 2008 at 4:17 am

    So inspirational and exciting…thanks for the interview and the chance to win!

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    Nikki
    February 9, 2008 at 4:37 am

    Been a blog fan for a long time. Can’t wait for the book!

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    Becky
    February 9, 2008 at 4:38 am

    This book looks like a great inspiration. Thanks for doing the interview

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    Anne
    February 9, 2008 at 5:03 am

    Thank you for the lovely interview.

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    capello
    February 9, 2008 at 5:06 am

    you know, i really love the idea of family drawing time. with my sewing area in the basement (and the basement an unsuitable place for my kids to be) it’s hard to integrate my creativity with the children all the time.

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    Karen
    February 9, 2008 at 5:27 am

    Love the interview and the ideas. Our dining room table is currently stained with all colors of markers! We can’t wait for the book.

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    Lauren Jones
    February 9, 2008 at 5:27 am

    I found Soulemama’s blog about a year ago while surfing for ideas for pregnant belly henna. I have been hooked ever since and am inspired daily to capture moments with my own two kidlets. I already preordered the book, but figured I’d post for a chance to win it. Really interested in your blog now too- thanks.

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    angela
    February 9, 2008 at 5:35 am

    i’ve been an avid reader of soulemam’s blog for quite some time and i am always inspired by her children’s artwork, her art and crafts and the simple beauty of their photos. she makes me turn the tv off more, go outside with the kids more and simply dream more. thanks for interviewing her and giving us another look into the life of the inspiring.

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    MOK
    February 9, 2008 at 5:48 am

    I read Soulemama daily and just love the joy she brings to her blog. I enjoyed your intervew that gave me a taste for the book. I can not wait for my copy allready ordered . Put me in the drawning and if I win I will have 2 copies for the one ordered is a gift for my daughter-in -law. Maybe I better just go and order another copy for there may not be enough to go around with the first printing. OH MY what a thought!!!

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    Diana
    February 9, 2008 at 6:11 am

    I would love to have this book! If I don’t win, I hope you at least post again when it’s out to remind us all to go find it!

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    Bria
    February 9, 2008 at 6:43 am

    Love the SouleMama blog! Bet the book is great too!

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    Lara
    February 9, 2008 at 6:49 am

    I love reading her blog every week and plan on telling everyone who I know with children about her new book (and not only because she is a native Mainer, like me!)

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    amanda
    February 9, 2008 at 8:35 am

    Amanda has always been one of my favourite bloggers and I can’t wait for this book to come out! I’ve got a list of all the young families I know that I want to give copies to! Thanks for an awesome interview :)

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    Jessica
    February 9, 2008 at 8:46 am

    I love Amanda’s blog, it’s my favorite way to start the morning.

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    Veronika Slag
    February 9, 2008 at 9:15 am

    Hello. Thanks for the interview! Love soulemamas blog.
    Best regards Veronika

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    Megin
    February 9, 2008 at 9:23 am

    The book looks like it’s going to be fabulous! Too exciting!

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    Tava
    February 9, 2008 at 10:06 am

    Love Amanda’s blog and I am so looking forward to her book. She’s a great mom to model ones creative interactions after.

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    Annmarie
    February 9, 2008 at 5:10 am

    Great interview! Thanks for the tips. Looking forward to this book!!

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    Martha
    February 9, 2008 at 10:17 am

    Great ideas. I love family art night. I know lots of people who are also doing family reading night, sometimes by candlelight! Keep up the good art!

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    Callie
    February 9, 2008 at 10:50 am

    I am so excited for this book to come out!! I’ve got a two little ones (and one on the way) that love art but I want to do more to stimulate their creativity. I have loved Amanda’s Blog. She is such an amazing person, such an inspiration. Thanks for all you share.

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    Sonya
    February 9, 2008 at 10:52 am

    Great interview. The book looks like it will be wonderful!

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    Lynn Seddon
    February 9, 2008 at 11:08 am

    Wonderful interview! I am really looking forward to reading this book :)

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    nolabrooke
    February 9, 2008 at 11:37 am

    So happy to have found your blog through Soulemama. You will now be a frequent stop on my daily search for ideas to inspire our own creativity. Thanks for the interview!

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    Shelly
    February 9, 2008 at 11:42 am

    Been reading Amanda’s blog for awhile now. Her book is on my wish list for sure!! I love crafting with my kids…and finding your blog is exciting!!

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    Kim
    February 9, 2008 at 11:44 am

    Soulemama has been on my Knitting Favorites for a few years now. Enjoyed the interview and I look forward to reading the book!

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    Xan
    February 9, 2008 at 11:49 am

    I’ve been looking forward to this book for a while now. Amanda Soule is such an inspiration.

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    Shelly
    February 9, 2008 at 12:06 pm

    Thanks for the interview. I enjoy soulemama’s blog and children’s activities.
    I know the book will be great!

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    Erin
    February 9, 2008 at 12:16 pm

    looking forward to the book release. Thanks for the interview.

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    Ana
    February 9, 2008 at 12:58 pm

    I just found my way to your blog via Soule Mama’s, which I read faithfully. Now I’ll add yours! So happy to have found your site!

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    Patti
    February 9, 2008 at 12:59 pm

    I am so excited about this book. I can’t wait for it to come out.

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    Terra
    February 9, 2008 at 1:42 pm

    Loved the interview! Have been a long time reader of Soule Mama and have been looking forward to this wonderful book. I am so glad that April is almost here.

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    Paige
    February 9, 2008 at 1:53 pm

    I would love to enter. We need all the help we can get to raise our kids, right?

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    MC
    February 9, 2008 at 1:56 pm

    Great interview! Thanks

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    Kathy
    February 9, 2008 at 2:13 pm

    THanks for the lovely interview of Amanda. I have just begun reading her blog( in November) and really enjoy it. I can’t wait to get her book and share it with the parents at the preschool I work at.

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    choochoo428
    February 9, 2008 at 2:18 pm

    Looks like something that would be a hit in this household! Thanks.

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    cici
    February 9, 2008 at 9:58 am

    What a great interview. Thanks.

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    water works
    February 9, 2008 at 3:27 pm

    I have been really wondering about this book and whether it’s something I could use for my family. It certainly seems that way after reading your review. Thanks so much. Dare I hope I win this!

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    Melanie
    February 9, 2008 at 3:57 pm

    Thank you for this fantastic interview! Amanda is such a wonderfully inspiring person- her attitude to life, family, creativity is so positive, mindful and exciting. I’ve been reading the soulemama blog since December and am waiting impatiently for this book to be released- it sounds wonderful. Well done Amanda!

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    Gypsy
    February 9, 2008 at 11:28 am

    Loved your interview! These resources are so important to Mothers when their bodies are drained and their minds feel like mud at the end of the day and we need to be inspired again!

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    Sadaf Trimarchi
    February 9, 2008 at 4:53 pm

    Both my kids love arts and crafts, and I’ve enjoyed the inspiration I’m getting from websites like this and Soulemom’s. Keep up the great work!
    Sadaf

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    Thien-Kim
    February 9, 2008 at 4:56 pm

    I just found your blog through the SouleMama blog. I can’t believe I haven’t found you sooner!

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    Brandy
    February 9, 2008 at 5:16 pm

    I would love to receive this book! Thanks for the chance to win!

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    Laura
    February 9, 2008 at 5:21 pm

    I love Amanda’s blog and am looking forward, with great anticipation, to her book. Thanks for the inspiring interview.

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    Sara
    February 9, 2008 at 5:41 pm

    Love the interview! Thanks.

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    forhopessake
    February 9, 2008 at 5:48 pm

    I love all of these ideas! I’m so excited for Amanda’s book and for all of the inspiration I’m sure it will provide!

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    Laura
    February 9, 2008 at 5:55 pm

    Amanda is my hero. Cannot wait for this book. Thanks for this great interview.

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    Emily
    February 9, 2008 at 5:56 pm

    Great interview! I love reading Amanda’s soulemama blog and can’t wait for the book to come out soon. It will provide lots of new and creative ideas for me to do with my three year old twin girls!

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    kate
    February 9, 2008 at 6:02 pm

    so inspired by your blog–on exhausting days with two little children i look at your blog for creative ideas–so excited about your book:)–thanks for sharing your creativity!

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    Meshbetty
    February 9, 2008 at 6:02 pm

    Very cool little interview! I have your book on my wishlist on Amazon…I am just waiting for it to come out….My six year old is doing some sort of art project all the time and now my 17 month-old has discovered art as well. She can’t wait until she can use the cool magic markers like her big sister!

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    susanne
    February 9, 2008 at 6:28 pm

    Amanda’s book will be such a great resource — thanks for the preview of the loveliness to come!

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    debra cooper
    February 9, 2008 at 7:39 pm

    Great interview! I’d love to be entered in the drawing for the book. Thanks!

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    Valerie
    February 9, 2008 at 9:21 pm

    I love soulemama’s blog,and I’m so happy to have found yours also – lots of great stuff!
    Thanks for the preview!

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    robin
    February 9, 2008 at 10:15 pm

    Woooooooowww… I am soooo looking forward to Amanda’s book! I am a long-time Soulemama reader and have enjoyed watching her family grow and create together. Thank you for the opportunity to win her book! I have enjoyed your projects and photos as well. 3

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    Jeannette
    February 9, 2008 at 5:43 pm

    I’m getting this book. It was written for me. Thanks, SouleMama.
    BTW, I just found this blog, and it is fantastic. I don’t have a big background in art, but it is something that is very important to me to do with my toddler, so I’m getting an education here, too. And E and I are having a great time. Thanks!

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    Stephanie
    February 9, 2008 at 5:43 pm

    Thank you for sharing the interview. Amanda is able to vocalize many of the values that I feel but am not able to put into words so well.

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    Kylie
    February 10, 2008 at 12:56 am

    soulemama is often a source of inspiration for me, and i can’t wait to read her book and all her wonderful ideas. Thanks for the interview, I’ve really enjoyed it, and now have your page bookmarked to read as well! Great work, thank you :)

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    Phoebe
    February 10, 2008 at 2:43 am

    What a joy to find another great resource for parenting and creating with kids. A great review. I’m always out to find more about the Soulemama story.

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    Jamsandwich
    February 10, 2008 at 3:10 am

    Thanks for the great interview with Soulemama. I am so looking forward to getting my hands on her book and being inspired.

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    Sarah
    February 10, 2008 at 4:07 am

    Enjoyed the interview and really looking forward to the book, it’s in my wish list. I think Amanda is an inspiration. Thanks

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    Cheryl
    February 10, 2008 at 4:24 am

    Thanks for the inspiration! Looking forward to checking out the book! :)

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    Mirjam
    February 10, 2008 at 6:53 am

    Exciting to get a little preview, can’t wait to read the book!

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    Linda Urban
    February 10, 2008 at 7:00 am

    I’m new to your site and am already so inspired. Thanks for this interview!

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    megan
    February 10, 2008 at 7:22 am

    I’m so excited for this book to come out. I’m so grateful for the inspiration to simplify life with kids.

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    Chelsea
    February 10, 2008 at 8:15 am

    i love this book idea! I’m looking forward to seeing it in person, and using it someday when we have kids.

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    Terri
    February 10, 2008 at 8:36 am

    I love love love reading soulemamas blog. I am entrusted to care for six beautiful little souls and she gives me inspiration and wonderful useful ideas daily. Can’t wait for the book. Great interview too!

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    Kristi
    February 10, 2008 at 8:51 am

    I would love to win this book-it looks great!

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    Heidi
    February 10, 2008 at 8:56 am

    I look forward to reading this book! We are always looking for new inspiration and I love reading Amanda’s blog.

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    Reeva
    February 10, 2008 at 9:13 am

    cant wait for the book! i enjoyed reading the interview :)

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    Avery
    February 10, 2008 at 9:36 am

    What a great interview and what an inspiring woman! I follow her blog and she’s always got such fantastic projects in the work. Can’t wait to check out her new book.

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    sarah
    February 10, 2008 at 9:38 am

    i read soulemama almost daily and envy her creativity and patience to undertake such tasks with her children. mine are both so young yet that it’s difficult to imagine being so daring. but i would LOVE a copy of her book to read and kickstart our own creative times and spaces.

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    Aubrey
    February 10, 2008 at 10:18 am

    Thank you for sharing your family life with us, Amanda. Love the inspiration.

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    Lisa
    February 10, 2008 at 10:45 am

    Let’s see, what’s another word I can use besides inspiring/inspired/inspiration? Hmmm… can’t think of one. Oh well. So there it is. I’m inspired. Can’t wait to read the book!

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    Hilary
    February 10, 2008 at 11:10 am

    Since finding SouleMama, I have become addicted to reading what is going on in Amanda’s life. As an art teacher, I look forward to reading her tips on creativity in the home. Thanks for a chance to win!

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    Monica
    February 10, 2008 at 11:17 am

    What a great interview. Inspiration abound. Thanks!
    **Monica

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    Selah Lowenstein
    February 10, 2008 at 11:17 am

    I look forward to getting my hands on this book, either as a winner, from the library or from the local bookstore. Thanks for the interview and all your creative ideas!

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    Monika
    February 10, 2008 at 11:17 am

    I especially love Amanda’s honesty regarding the struggle to balance it all and of carrying a notebook everywhere, I’d be so lost without my little book.

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    Kristen
    February 10, 2008 at 11:24 am

    I can’t wait for the book, thanks for the interview!

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    Debbie
    February 10, 2008 at 12:18 pm

    I love Amanda’s blog and can’t wait to see the book! Great to read her interview here. Thanks,.

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    ericka
    February 10, 2008 at 12:20 pm

    i’m an avid reader of soulemama and just found this blog…which i love already! looking forward to the days when my 6 month old can do some art.

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    Regina
    February 10, 2008 at 12:50 pm

    Oh how exciting!!! I’ve been waiting and waiting and waiting for this book to come out!! Excellent interview!

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    Sarah
    February 10, 2008 at 12:52 pm

    I’m asking my library to buy a copy of this book so everyone can read it!

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    Mati
    February 10, 2008 at 1:03 pm

    Excellent interview! One thing that helps us is keeping paper and crayons in a tray on the table. We also have a 20-drawer chest from a workshop that holds everything from clay to beads to sewing bits and pieces… can’t wait to see this book.

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    Lissy
    February 10, 2008 at 1:30 pm

    Well, I think mine is comment 591, so I guess many many people are inspired like me! I am new to the world of “blogs” am amazed by the WONDERFUL things out there…so much collective creativity! I have always loved art but wasn’t sure how art children went together – except for mess…but my eyes are open a little more widely now!! Hooray. Thank you from sunny Sydney Australia!
    XX

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    Jessica
    February 10, 2008 at 2:26 pm

    This book sounds lovely – thanks for affording us a peep into it as well as the chance to win it. Already feel inspired!

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    nikki
    February 10, 2008 at 2:32 pm

    Thank you for the interview! Please, count me in. Thanks.

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    Dayna
    February 10, 2008 at 3:40 pm

    wow – with every interview I am more excited about this book. I would LOVE to win a copy – as I know it will be an amazing resource. I just really enjoy the Soule Mama approach to life and parenting.

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    Sara
    February 10, 2008 at 3:47 pm

    I’m so eagerly awaiting this book! I think I’ll try a family art night while I wait. Thanks for the interview.

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    Bridget
    February 10, 2008 at 3:50 pm

    I can’t wait to pick up a copy of this book (or win one) ! Either way, I’ve no doubt our family will enjoy this immensely!

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    Christy
    February 10, 2008 at 4:11 pm

    Looks like this is another great book to put on my “to read” list! I’d love to win a copy!

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    Kristi
    February 10, 2008 at 4:27 pm

    I would love to win this book.

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    Leslie
    February 10, 2008 at 4:33 pm

    i can not wait to check out that book. All those art ideas sound really great

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    AmandaV.
    February 10, 2008 at 5:26 pm

    This is so inspiring! Sounds like just the thing our family needs, guidance in nurturing. Can’t wait!

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    taryn237
    February 10, 2008 at 5:31 pm

    Sounds great :)

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    Jo
    February 10, 2008 at 6:20 pm

    Great interview. Thank you for posting it. Please count me in too.

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    luvbug1975
    February 10, 2008 at 7:34 pm

    That was a very nice interview. I have been reading the soulemama blog for quite a while, and I always find it down-to-earth and inspirational. And I would so love to win her book!!!

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    Erica
    February 10, 2008 at 7:53 pm

    i want this book!!

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    Caryn
    February 10, 2008 at 8:37 pm

    Fab book!

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    Rachel
    February 10, 2008 at 9:58 pm

    Truly inspiring. I just planned an art morning with a friend a half hour ago, so it’s nice to hear we are in such nice company!
    blessings and joy on the journey…

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    Sabrina
    February 10, 2008 at 10:37 pm

    Thank you for the interview, thank you for this little funny game (very nice idea) to win a copy of the wonderful amanda’s book, i hope to be the one!!.
    actually i am the #656 person who post a comment. it means we are a bunch of people who have the same feeling concerning creativity with children… great!!
    ciao
    sabrina

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    Kylie
    February 11, 2008 at 12:34 am

    I love that art can really inspire Family Time – that being together time, that can seem less and less in our busy lives.
    Kylie

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    marie
    February 11, 2008 at 12:51 am

    I love reading Amanda’s blog, that I check EVERYDAY, even though I don’t have children.
    I like the way she faces life, and I would love to read her book, after all the good reviews I have read here and there.

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    Dana
    February 10, 2008 at 8:16 pm

    Wow! This is right up my alley! I’m really looking forward to checking out this book!!!

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    Marcela
    February 11, 2008 at 1:23 am

    Hi!!! I’M FROM BRAZIL!!
    Thank you so much for doing this interview!
    I love Amanda Soule’s blog and I would love to win this book… Unhappyly it will not be available to buy here in Brazil!! PLEASE, LET ME WIN THIS COPY!!!
    Im so grateful for her inspires me to simplify life with my son.
    Sorry… bag english!!! =)

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    Marcela
    February 11, 2008 at 1:24 am

    hahaha, BAD ENGLISH!!

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    Amy
    February 11, 2008 at 1:57 am

    I am a big Soulemama Fan!! Can’t wait for the book!

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    Martha
    February 11, 2008 at 3:55 am

    Thanks for the interview! I live in Switzerland and have three little ones who are really into art and creative projects. We check out Soulemama regularly and enjoy all of her great ideas!

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    Kim
    February 11, 2008 at 4:26 am

    Great inspiration for making art with the entire family. Not
    intimidating – just natural. Thanks so much for the interview
    with Soulemama!

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    Sharon
    February 11, 2008 at 4:59 am

    Thank you for the interview! Amanda’s blog/life is so inspiring, nurturing, beautiful, loving, fun, charming… I could go on and on… a treasure and a gift that she shares with us all… so generously! I’m looking forward to having her book in my home and sharing it with my family and friends!

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    kiwismommy
    February 11, 2008 at 5:57 am

    Thanks for the interview. I love how your insight on creativity being so easy. I cant wait for the book to be released.

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    Jennifer D
    February 11, 2008 at 6:01 am

    I’m a huge fan of SouleMama. I would love to win a copy of Amanda’s book.

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    Lisa
    February 11, 2008 at 6:07 am

    I’m inspired over and over by Soulemama. And now I’m so happy to have found you! I can’t wait to see the book.
    Thank you, Lisa

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    Sarah N.
    February 11, 2008 at 8:39 am

    Since my hubby is a talented architect and I am a quilter, I am always looking for way to encouraged my children’s creativity. This book looks like it will fit the bill. Thanks for the great review!

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    Kim Oedekoven
    February 11, 2008 at 3:53 am

    What wonderful insight! I can’t wait for the book to come out!

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    Megan H
    February 11, 2008 at 8:58 am

    Thanks for posting this interview. Looking forward to reading the book and more of your blog!

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    Katherine
    February 11, 2008 at 10:20 am

    Thanks so much for this interview. I’ve been eagerly anticipating Amanda’s book and love following her inspiring posts on her blog. Thank you for the opportunity to win her book!

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    Laura
    February 11, 2008 at 10:36 am

    I’d love to win the book, because I have absolutely no idea how to get started. Thanks for the interview!

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    Louise
    February 11, 2008 at 11:06 am

    Thank you for this interview. I have been looking forward to this book for a long time. I enjoy reading her blog and have just discovered yours through the link on the soulemama blog.